This funding, administered by New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research program (SCIRB), is the first round of competitive awards since funding was re-instated for the program in 2013. Since its inception, the Spinal Cord Injury Research Board has recommended more than $71 million in research awards to some of New York State’s finest research teams.
“New York is home to some of the brightest researchers in spinal cord injury and with this funding, we’re accelerating the pace of their work,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “We are proud to have the largest dedicated spinal cord injury research funding program in the nation. It enables us to continue fighting to reduce the personal and economic tolls that these injuries inflict.”
This round of funding includes two- and three-year awards made for Collaborations to Accelerate Research Translation (CART) and Innovative, Developmental and Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Spinal Cord Injury Research. CART awards support and advance current research, while IDEA awards help get new research started. All recipients are researching advancements in either rehabilitation or cellular regeneration and therapeutics.