Wednesday, December 03, 2008

CIRM Directors Meet Next Week: $210 Million Proposal on Table

In addition to considering a salary for California stem cell Chairman Robert Klein, directors of the California stem cell agency next Tuesday and Wednesday will take up changes in its strategic plan and debate the framework of the whopping disease team grant round, which could total $210 million.

Meeting in Irvine, the panel is also scheduled to approve $20 million for as many as 20 grants to develop innovative research tools and technology.

The agenda currently has links to the revisions in the strategic plan, the disease team proposal and another proposal for a $60 million "basic research initiative." Not yet posted is background information on the Klein salary proposal, a "pre-application review" process, new scientific members for grant review group, an accelerated funding plan for grants and loans to business and a conference grant to the 2,100-member International Society for Stem Cell Research.

CIRM President Alan Trounson is on the board of directors of the society. Klein was a member of an advisory committee to ISCCR in 2007, according to The Niche, Nature magazine's stem cell blog. Don Gibbons, CIRM's chief communications officer, is a member of the group's public education committee. Sphere: Related Content

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