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TCORS Grant Brings Behavior and Health Research Funding Total to $34.7 Million

In a single week, the efforts and expertise of University of Vermont (UVM) Professor of Psychiatry Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., and colleagues at the College of Medicine have attracted an unprecedented $34.7 million in federal funding to support behavior and health research at the University. The latest boost to UVM’s new Vermont Center on Behavior and Health – supported by an $11.5 million National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant announced September 16 – is a prestigious five-year, $19.5 million Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) award from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Higgins has also received notification of a five-year, $3.7 million NIH grant for another smoking-related study, titled “Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation Among Disadvantaged Pregnant Women.”  Full story