The National Institutes of Health has awarded Delaware State University’s Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research a $10.9 million grant over five years.

This grant allows the DSU Center of Biomedical Research Excellence to build on successes achieved under the original $10.5 million received for Phase I of COBRE in 2012.

The renewed funding will support Phase II research collaborations between DSU and the University of Delaware.

Phase I established the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, provided research and professional development funding for center-affiliated investigators and funded hiring of new faculty at DSU. Outcomes from Phase I included more than 70 publications by COBRE-supported researchers. Additionally, support provided through COBRE resulted in individual grant awards for six COBRE-affiliated investigators and helped DSU win additional grants to fund the establishment of an undergraduate summer research program and grow the neuroscience graduate program.

Phase II proposed activities include purchasing research instrumentation for UD’s Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging. Similar to Phase I activities, Phase II funding at both campuses will support new faculty recruits in neuroscience and continue providing research and professional development support for affiliated investigators preparing them to pursue grant funding to establish individual research programs.