The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated $1 billion for the construction and renovation of biomedical research facilities across the United States. A total of 148 ARRA awards were granted through ORIP to support the construction or renovation of 64 animal facilities, 56 research laboratories, 17 clinical research facilities or laboratories, 8 imaging facilities, and 7 data centers.
The nation’s biomedical research enterprise is the beneficiary of more than 3.36 million square feet of newly constructed or renovated biomedical research space funded by ARRA. The ARRA funds were allocated for the construction and renovation of research, animal, and core facilities, which comprise 54%, 30%, and 16% of the of the entire obligation, respectively. These facilities have helped enable research in a broad array of scientific areas, including HIV/AIDS, aging, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and infectious diseases. Data self-reported by NIH grantees suggest that the ARRA-funded construction projects have created thousands of jobs in the biomedical construction industry that would not have been possible without the ARRA funding.
See below to read about the outcomes of the ARRA investment in several featured biomedical research facilities.
In 2010, the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) was awarded nearly $10 million (C06RR030323) to renovate space for a core facility offering biological sample storage and repository services.
An estimated 200,000 people undergo bariatric surgery—commonly known as weight-loss surgery—in the United States annually, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
See below for more information on all ARRA awards awarded through ORIP. Click on the map to see a list of projects funded in a chosen state, or select filters in the table to separate the awards by state and/or facility type.