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NCCU Generates More than $26.8 Million in Research

Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., director of NCCU's Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) with student researchers
Research at NCCU

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) ended the 2017-2018 academic year with a record of $26,820,364 in grants and other funding for sponsored research.

The awards include a $3.65 million Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) grant to elevate the university’s health disparities research work. Those funds are part of a $16.3 million award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH allocation was the largest annual grant received by NCCU for a non-Title III program and the largest grant awarded to a single principal investigator, Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., director of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI).

“As a master’s level, comprehensive institution, NCCU continues to expand its research enterprise across our two institutes, the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) and the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute,” said Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU chancellor. "Additional funding will be used in other areas of campus, from STEM disciplines to programs in our College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and School of Education, that are producing significant advances in criminal justice, communication disorders and other disciplines.”

In 2016-2017, NCCU’s totals topped the list of sponsored funding for master’s-level institutions in the University of North Carolina System with $21,728,597. Of note was the more than $3 million received by BBRI in fiscal year 2017 to support groundbreaking research into health issues that disproportionally affect minority and underserved populations. The work also provides students with hands-on research experiences leading to careers in the biomedical sciences.

“NCCU exceeded the $21.5 million goal set as part of the university’s 2017-2018 priorities and strategies by expanding funding in a key area of research at our two research institutes — health disparities,” said Eun Park, Ph.D., associate provost and dean in NCCU’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs. “I am grateful to our research scientists, faculty and staff for pursuing external grants in a major way through collaborations.”

A few of the largest awards in the 2017-2018 academic year were secured by:

·Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., director, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute: RCMI Center for Health Disparities Research (National Institutes of Health).

·Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics: The DREAM STEM Project: Enhancing Academics, Entrepreneurship, and STEM Career Pathways (National Science Foundation).

·Ricardo Richardson, Ph.D., director of Cancer Program, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences: NCCU, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership in Cancer Research (National Institutes of Health).

·Branislav Vlahovic, Ph.D., professor; director of CREST and NASA Research Centers: CREST Phase II: Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science and Education at North Carolina Central University (CCFASE) (National Science Foundation) and NSF-RISE: Enhancement of Research and Education Infrastructure in Nanobiomaterials, Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation).

·Gregory Cole, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Mechanisms of Alcohol Pathology: A Collaborative Partnership Between NCCU & University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (National Institutes of Health).

Published: Friday, September 07, 2018
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