More than $100 million in NIH grants to PA, NJ, and DE institutions

Eleven universities and medical research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware were awarded more than $100 million in federal grants to build or renovate laboratories, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday.

The grants were part of more than 146 awards made nationwide for construction or renovations of scientific facilities. The grants, worth more than $1 billion, were part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The University of Pennsylvania was awarded nearly $13 million to build its Center for Chronobiology where scientists and doctors will explore biological rhythms and develop medical applications. Temple University will get nearly $12 million to build a facility for research into brain trauma and neurodegenerative diseases.

Other local institutions getting awards included Fox Chase Cancer Center ($8 million), Thomas Jefferson University ($6.7 million), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ($2 million), and Drexel University ($500,000).

“This unprecedented Recovery Act investment in research facility construction will not only give our world-class scientists the modern facilities they need for impact research, it will also help create and maintain jobs in varied business sectors and in all regions of our country,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

For the full list of NIH construction grants, click here.