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NIAID grant funding made possible by ARRA has helped many in the biomedical research community hire and retain staff and continue studies that promise to benefit public health. Here are some of their stories:
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NIAID received $1.1 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help stimulate the economy, create and preserve jobs, and advance research in several priority areas, including HIV/AIDS, immunology, emerging infectious diseases, and biodefense.

NIAID is using a major portion of these two-year stimulus funds to award high-quality peer-reviewed grants that would otherwise not have been funded because of budget constraints. These funds have enabled investigators at universities and other research institutions throughout the United States to hire and retain staff and purchase the equipment necessary to achieve their scientific goals. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on the impact of the stimulus funds on NIH-funded research.

This site includes stories and testimonials from researchers about ARRA-funded projects. Its goal is to show how investing in biomedical research yields positive results not only for science and human health but also for our nation’s economy.

Grantee Testimonials

"ARRA funding has helped in practical ways by enabling us to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to work on this project and to maintain our experienced staff…"
-- Nannan Liu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University

"Prior to the NIAID ARRA-related fellowship, my time was split between this project and another unrelated project in our lab. This ARRA-related fellowship allows me to focus on the influenza project full time…"
-- Irving Coy Allen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Our ARRA summer supplement has helped us get our newly funded R01 project up and off the ground by adding a key resource to the project team…"
-- Michael P. Pollastri, Ph.D.
Research assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, and director, Center for Molecular Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry and Core Synthesis Facility, Boston University

Read more testimonials from ARRA grantees.

Last Updated December 27, 2011

Last Reviewed December 20, 2010