The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology has awarded nearly $4 million for 30 health research projects that will take up to three years to complete.
The Oklahoma Health Research program was the first program implemented by the state’s science agency when it was created 26 years ago as Oklahoma began a long-term economic diversification effort. The agency currently administers 11 programs that offer funding or support in areas ranging from health research to plant sciences.
The 30 winning applications were chosen from a field of 154, one of the largest application pools in the program’s history. The successful applicants included researchers from Oklahoma State University; the University of Oklahoma, the OU Health Sciences Centerm, the University of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
“The growing number of applicants indicates the level of demand for basic health research,” said C. Michael Carolina, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
“Many of the successful applicants will attract private and federal research dollars to Oklahoma — a major factor in Oklahoma’s growing reputation as a supporter of health research. Improved health and high-wage and high-skill jobs are follow-ons to this investment.”
The Health Research program is aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Oklahoma health researchers for national research funds, attracting and retaining outstanding health research scientists for the state, and improving Oklahomans’ health care.
Research funded under the program investigates the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and disabilities and facilitates the development of innovative health care products and services.