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BSC Receives $475K Grant from National Institutes of Health

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    Thursday, April 15 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College has received notification that it will receive a $475,200 grant award from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services/NIH will be utilized to establish an Office of Sponsored Programs Office at BSC.

The Extramural Associates Research Development Award, according to BSC grant Principal Investigators Dr. Julie Kalk and Sarita Rhonemus, will provide significant support for developing and expanding the College’s research capacity.  “The grant will help to provide the infrastructure for promoting research endeavors at BSC,” Dr. Kalk commented.  “It will support the technical development of research grant proposals, provide oversight and administrative management of grant awards, and foster ongoing research initiatives.”

The Office of Sponsored Programs will help BSC faculty and staff navigate the bureaucracy and become knowledgeable of the policies of funding agencies, while helping principal investigators follow the proper process for submitting a successful grant proposal.  Additionally, the office will serve as a clearinghouse for applications from the campus and will assist in training faculty and staff in project development and administration, legal requirements, financial management, and general management of the grant after the award.

The College will receive $81,000 in the first year of the five-year grant award, and Dr. Kalk, BSC’s Extramural Associate, will participate in a series of teleconferences in preparation for a three-week residency program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD later this spring.

“The establishment of an Office of Sponsored Programs is a very significant development and greatly enhances the potential for expanding research initiatives as well as other funding opportunities for Bluefield State College,” added Rhonemus, who will serve as the Office’s Interim Director.  “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity provided through the Extramural Associates Research Development Award.”