"It's specifically aimed at collaboration among three major institutionsand we're fortunate in Houston to have such a tremendous medical center here. Each of the parts is fantastic, but it will be so much strongerif we build these research bridges across the institutions."
The gift will be paid over five years and be used to fund researchinvolving biomedical sciences that affect adults and children. Dr. Michael Lieberman is director of the Methodist HospitalResearch Institute."It's a great day for biomedical research and it's a real opportunity for physicians and researchers at three great Houston institutions to collaborate. The Simmons Foundation grants will really facilitatethis collaboration and provide a stepping-stone for applying for much larger grants from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation."
Researchers have until early September to apply for grants, withfunding expected to start in early October.