The TCORS awards represent a significant investment in federal tobacco regulatory science, including $53 million in the first year and a potential total of more than $273 million over the next five years. TCORS funding may not exceed $4 million in total costs per year per center and an investigator could request a project period of up to five years.
Designed to generate vital research in seven core areas, as well as ensure innovation in the field, the research supported by this initiative will provide scientific evidence within the following seven FDA tobacco-related research interest areas:
•Diversity of tobacco products
•Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
•Adverse health consequences
•Marketing of tobacco products
•Economics and policies.
TCORS proposals were selected for funding based on their scientific and technical merit as determined by NIH scientific peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of the proposed projects to program priorities.
The other 13 TCORS have been awarded to:
•Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., and Rose M. Robertson, M.D., American Heart Association, Dallas
•Pamela I. Clark, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
•Thomas E. Eissenberg. Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
•Michael P. Eriksen, Ph.D., Georgia State University, Atlanta
•Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco
•Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, Burlington
•Robert C. Hornik, Ph.D., and Caryn Lerman Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
•Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D., and Stephanie S. O'Malley, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven
•Joshua E. Muscat, Ph.D., and Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D., Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
•Mary Ann Pentz, Ph.D., and Jonathan Samet, M.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles
•Kurt M. Ribisl, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
•Peter G. Shields, M.D., and Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus
•Robert Tarran, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)