Tobacco Money Slated for Research

The state of Michigan will award life science research grants from part of its 1998 tobacco settlement money anticipated to total more than $8.5 billion over 25 years. As one of 46 states awarded in the settlement (N.S. Halim, "Tobacco Settlement," The Scientist, 13[22]:1, Nov. 8, 1999), Michigan plans to apportion $50 million annually for 20 years to universities, research institutions, and companies for health and aging research, as well as economic development. According to Lee Katterman, assistant to the vice president for research, University of Michigan, "Several University presidents approached Michigan Governor John Engler to urge him to devote a portion of the tobacco settlement money to life science research and development as both an appropriate use of the money to further public health and the state's economy. [T]his approach complemented the academic strengths of the state's major research universities and...

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