When I see the State of Florida giving out money for research funding in the amount of $16 million dollars and Florida A&M University gets less than $95,000, I have to ask myself, why?
After having read the below article and discovered that out of five (5) Florida Universities, three of them received an average of a million dollars per project. One of the universities received more than $600k for a project, yet FAMU received less than $100K. Grant it, I may be missing something but for the life of me, I just don't know what. So I went to the FAMU website and did some "research" and discovered this story on cancer research. http://www.famu.edu/DOR_division_of_research/LES%20Booklet%20RevisionsMarch21%2021.pdf
Now I'm no scholar but it surely looks as if Florida A&M could use a million dollars to fund their cancer projects, too. Somebody please tell me that I am wrong but this looks just like what Betsy Devos would do if she became head of the Department of Education.
At any rate, optics is everything and from a birds eye view it looks like the Governor's programmed funding has systematically discriminated against a state funded institution. The story below from Space Coast Daily.com is the source of my information.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Governor Rick Scott announced that over $16 million in research funding was awarded to 16 different projects through the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.
These funds, dispersed among a number of universities and cancer research centers across the state, will support researchers in their efforts to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and to develop cures for cancer and tobacco-related diseases.
Governor Scott said, “Florida continues to be a leader in research and innovation, and I am proud to announce the recipients of more than $16 million for cancer research grants today. These important projects not only help us discover more about how to prevent and treat these terrible diseases, but also keep world-class researchers in our state. We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer, and I am proud to continue working with our incredible research institutes as we fight to find a cure.”
State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip said, “Cancer and tobacco related disease continue to impact too many of Florida’s families. Investing in Florida’s research institutions to effect change in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment is critical to the future of health care innovation in our state.”
The following organizations received awards:
– Florida A&M University – $94,810 for one project;
– Florida Atlantic University – $622,683 for one project;
– H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – $7,162,380 for six projects;
– University of Florida – $2,648,986 for two projects; and
– University of Miami – $5,728,856 for six projects.
The funding supports a new series of projects related to cancer and tobacco-related diseases, including prevention and treatment, health disparities, treatment-related morbidities and the development of investigational new drugs.