Summary of ANH Funding History:
The Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH) has received funding from the State of Texas and U.S. Congress. Over $15 million of funding has been utilized for:
- infrastructure development & equipment,
- seminars, workshops, & conferences,
- graduate student scholarships to attend nanomedicine workshops abroad,
- seed grant funding for high-risk collaborative research projects,
- planning grants intended to prepare multi-institutional teams for future Center of Excellence funding opportunities, and
- recruitment of world-class nano-bio researchers.
In 2005, the Alliance received $6.4 million in federal funding. A portion of the funds was designated for construction and equipment of a clean room at the University of Houston at the Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex (SERCC). The build-out of this 200,000-square-foot complex has just been completed. The remaining portion of the funds was dedicated to nanohealth research. In the summer of 2005, sixty-eight letters of intent were reviewed and selected by the Internal Seed Grant Review Committee. Based on their decision, thirty-five full proposals for external review were selected for final review, of which, ten were awarded seed grant funds.
In 2006, the ANH received $6.1 million in federal funding. $4.0 million was contracted through NASA for the establishment of the Space NanoHealth Laboratory (SNL) of the Alliance for NanoHealth with the objective to be of service to NASA in the solution of problems concerning the health care of astronauts in space exploration missions. The projects are being conducted in close coordination with NASA personnel and are structured to address specific human health risks identified in the "Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap". We envision the translation of the findings and technology developments arising from this program into potentially breakthrough advances in medicine for astronautic, civilian, and military applications. $2.1 million was contracted from the Department of Defense to create the Medical NanoVector Research and Development Center of the Alliance for NanoHealth. This Center incorporates world renowned experts in the fields of nanotechnology, biological/clinical sciences, bioengineering, in-vivo imaging, molecular resolution electron microscopy, mathematical/computational modeling of diseases and bio-barriers and cancer research in therapy and diagnosis.
The State of Texas also funded the Alliance $2.5M through the Emerging Technology Fund Subchapter F “Research Superiority Acquisition Award” to bring Dr. Mauro Ferrari, a world-renowned nanotechnology expert, to the Texas Medical Center.
In 2007, the ANH received $1.1 million in federal funding. Approximately half of the appropriation funding was used for critical equipment purchases to enhance ANH Core Facilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC). The remaining funds were allocated towards a new ANH funding program intended to solicit applications for planning grants that will support planning activities for groups of researchers to develop inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional research strategies to solve significant health care problems using nanomedicine approaches. The purpose of the request for applications (RFA) is to foster multidisciplinary nanomedicine projects and encourage communication between ANH member institutions that will lead to significant extramural funding to establish future Centers of Excellence.
Future ANH Funding:
Thanks to the incredible efforts and continued support from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Congressman John Culberson, the Alliance for NanoHealth will be receiving $6.2 million in federal appropriation funding for FY2008 (See Full Story: "New Federal Funding Expected for Houston's Alliance for NanoHealth")
Breakdown of Funding:
- The $2.8M Department of Defense (DoD) earmark was received in October 2006. The actual disbursement of $2.34M, was partitioned towards the funding of multi-discipline, collaborative, research grant awards and administrative core of the Alliance for NanoHealth. Approximately $2.0M was allocated to fund the ten peer-reviewed seed grant proposals that required the collaboration between at least two ANH member institutions.
- The $0.6M ($579K actual) Department of Energy (DOE) earmark was allocated for the build-out efforts of the University of Houston’s new clean room.
- The $1.0M ($982K actual) Labor-Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) earmark was utilized for equipment and build-out of the University of Houston’s new cleanroom.
- The $2.0M Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development (VA-HUD)/NASA earmark is currently supporting a joint research program between the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH-H), Rice University, and NASA Johnson Space Center for the development of carbon-based nanomaterials for spaceflight healthcare applications. These funds, which $1.984M was actually received, have allowed for the hiring of four new researchers at the UTHSC-H (two research faculty & 2 postdoctoral fellows) and seven new researchers at Rice University (seven postdoctoral fellows). Each of these newly recruited research personnel have specialized training in biomedical nanotechnology. Additionally, the VA-HUD/NASA funds supported six summer internships (four undergraduates and two students from the DeBakey High School).
- The $2.1M ($1.768M actual) from the Department of Defense (DoD) was allocated towards interdisciplinary research between the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H), University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC), and the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).
- The $4.0M ($3.696M actual) from the Science, State, Commerce, Justice (SSCJ) appropriation was contracted through NASA. These funds were allocated to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H) and Rice University to support nanotechnology research for space medicine with the objective to be of service to NASA in the solution of problems concerning the health care of astronauts in space exploration missions.
- The State of Texas also funded the Alliance $2.5M through the Emerging Technology Fund Subchapter F “Research Superiority Acquisition Award” to recruit Dr. Mauro Ferrari, a world-renowned nanotechnology expert, to the Texas Medical Center.
- The $1.1M ($934K actual) from the Department of Defense (DoD) was allocated towards interdisciplinary research in the form of a new ANH Planning Grant Program. These planning grants will be awarded to those multi-institutional teams preparing for future Centers of Excellence opportunities. The remaining funds were reserved for critical equipment purchases by the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).