Penn State officials received a check for nearly $6.6 million today from the state health department to help fund cancer, hepatitis B and smoking cessation research projects, officials said.
The grant was paid out through the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program which supports projects that aim to advance the general health.
“The Department of Health is honored to provide grants to some of Pennsylvania’s finest universities to continue to enhance our state’s role as an internationally recognized leader in health research,” said Michael Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary. “These funds are important for disease prevention and improving public health.”
By law, the grants must focus on clinical, health services, and/or biomedical research, with a goal of improving health status and access.
This year, there are 28 CURE grant recipients receiving awards totaling $41.9 million, according to the news release.