North Carolina Policy Collaboratory distributes $29 million for COVID-19 research
The Collaboratory funded 85 projects across 14 UNC System schools, including $1 million allocated to each of the six Historically Minority-Serving Institutions.
(Chapel Hill, N.C.— July 22, 2020) – The N.C. Policy Collaboratory based at UNC-Chapel Hill will distribute $29 million toward 85 research projects focused on treatment, community testing and prevention of COVID-19. These research projects are intended to provide new data and information to North Carolina lawmakers and policymakers to help guide the state’s pandemic response.The Collaboratory will be required to provide an update to the North Carolina General Assembly in September about the status of its research projects, which will be occurring across 14 UNC System campuses.
“Each one of these 85 projects will have a direct impact on improving the health and safety of North Carolinians,” said UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our state as we face this pandemic. We are looking forward to working with our fellow System schools to find solutions and strategies for fighting COVID-19.”
Highlights from the awarded projects include:
A full list of projects can be found on the Collaboratory website.
The funding comes from a $1.5 billion coronavirus relief package approved by state legislators and signed by Governor Roy Cooper. The bill includes $85 million for five North Carolina universities to study and fight the virus.
“The Collaboratory has worked diligently to solicit and assemble a diverse set of strategic research projects from across the UNC System,” said Jeffrey Warren, research director of the North Carolina Collaboratory. “The 85 projects chosen are intended to provide critical data to our state over a short timeframe to address both the economic and public health components of this pandemic within North Carolina and make a positive impact fighting COVID-19 in our state.”
UNC-Chapel Hill has been on the forefront of coronavirus research, named the highest-rated university in the United States for coronavirus research by Microsoft Academic. The nation’s coronavirus task force recently announced that remdesivir, which the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health helped develop, is effective at treating coronavirus and will be a standard of care for patients fighting COVID-19. Ralph Baric, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, led testing on remdesivir and has studied coronaviruses for more than 30 years. He has pioneered rapid-response approaches for the study of emerging viruses and the development of therapeutics.
The North Carolina General Assembly established the N.C. Policy Collaboratory in 2016 for the purpose of facilitating the dissemination of the policy and research expertise of the University of North Carolina System for practical use by State and local government. The Collaboratory facilitates and funds research projects across the state. The Collaboratory is supporting COVID-19 research projects that are intended to provide new data and information to State lawmakers and policymakers to help guide the state’s response.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 107 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 341,972 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and 159 countries. More than 185,118 live in North Carolina.
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