Duke tops $200M in stimulus grants

Posted October 12, 2010 3:19 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2010 3:20 p.m. EDT

— Duke University researchers have won more than $200 million in federal grants through the economic stimulus program, officials announced Tuesday.

The 360 research and construction grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act total $202 million. More than 80 percent of the funding has come from the National Institutes of Health, with the School of Medicine and School of Nursing accounting for $166.3 million of the total received.

"The stimulus funds are doing two things," James Siedow, Duke's vice provost for research, said in a statement. "Near-term, it's about creating jobs and economic activity. Longer term, academic (research and development) is an investment in American competitiveness. University research is the source of new ideas and new workers that will help our nation compete in a global marketplace."

Duke's effort has returned federal tax dollars to the state of North Carolina and has created or preserved more than 300 jobs at the university, officials said.