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NY Offers Grants To Recruit Retain Biotech Faculty

August 02, 2002

Earlier this week, New York Governor George E. Pataki and NY Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno unveiled a new funding program designed to recognize and support outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show potential for leadership and scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology.

The James D. Watson Investigator initiative is part of the $225 million Gen*NY*sis program (Generating Employment through New York State Science), which was created to maximize the R&D potential of the life sciences research being conducted at New York State's public, not-for-profit and private academic research institutions.

Russell W. Bessette, M.D., Executive Director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), said, "By creating this unique program, we're encouraging early career biotechnology scientists to stay and conduct their research here in New York State. In doing so, these scientists will be positioned to make the important advancements in biotechnology that will lead to our future economic growth."

NYSTAR was provided $2 million for the establishment of the early career program. Ten grants, totaling $200,000 per grant, will be provided to promising early career scientists at academic, public and not-for-profit private research institutions in New York State. Each grant will be awarded for a two-year time period.

Similar in concept to the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), grants from the James D. Watson Investigator Program will be made to scientists who are performing their research in the life sciences or in other life science-enabling disciplines such as engineering, material science, chemistry, computer science, electronics, physics, bioinformatics, nanotechnologies and applications of microelectronics and micro-electromechanical devices.

Candidates must have been awarded a doctoral degree and have less than five years' experience since being awarded their doctoral degree. Applications are to be made by the institution and only one award will be made per institution.

More information is available at: http://www.nystar.state.ny.us/jdw.htm.

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