Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Rules for the $100 Million Stem Cell Giveaway

The river of money is beginning to flow, so it is time for some of you to dip your scoop in.

The California stem cell agency has posted detailed information on how to snag a chunk of more than $100 million for research involving embryonic stem cells. The deadlines are coming up quickly.

For those of you who do not work in the Golden State, you are mostly out of luck unless you can finesse the rules that limit the grants to academic and non-profit research institutions in California.

While this round does not include grants to businesses, it would behoove them to examine the current process, which is likely to set a pattern for future grants. CIRM said grants for businesses will not be awarded until intellectual property policies are developed (a hearing on that is scheduled for next Tuesday).

The agency is looking for innovation. One two-year, 30-grant program is called SEED, short for Scientific Excellence through Exploration and Development, and is funded at $24 million. The other program contains more cash -- $80 million over four years –for "comprehensive research grants." That 25-grant program will support "mature, ongoing studies" by scientists with a "record of accomplishment."

The deadline for letters of intent to apply for both programs is Sept. 15 with applications due Oct. 13 for SEED and Nov. 13 for the other grants. In addition to the usual scientific information, applicants are asked to provide a "public abstract" intended to explain the research to the lay public. A statement concerning how the research will benefit California is also required. The letters of intent for both SEED and comprehensive grants ask about sources of stem cells and the names of researchers, collaborators and subcontractors.

The application for comprehensive grants seeks "strong preliminary data." "Particular emphasis will be placed on impact and significance and quality of the research plan," the application says.

The lucky winners are expected to be determined at the CIRM Oversight Committee meetings either in February (SEED) or April (comprehensive grants).

Here are links on the grant program: CIRM press release, SEED letter of intent, SEED application information, comprehensive letter of intent, comprehensive application, discussion of the grant program by the Oversight Committee earlier this month (starts on page 149 of the transcript). Sphere: Related Content

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  1. Anonymous10:24 AM

    THE Voters in California passed Propostion 71 to Begin a STATE Sponsored Policy of Stem Cell Research Funding …groundbreaking—-

    THE NEOCON DEATH AGENDA ‘Life Legal Defense Foundation’ (SAME EXACT organization which sponsored the RECALL Governor Gray DAVIS campaign handing SCHWARZENEGGER the California Governorship) immediatley FILED “groundless Lawsuits” according to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC)

    This Life Legal Defense Foundation is suing to stop the sale of $3 billion in Proposition 71 embryonic stem cell research bonds …remember the Voter Approved kind —

    By a Typical SCHWARZENEGGAR ‘Go LEFT’ Pander Play move …”Oh I am for stem cell research in KALEE__FOORN__YA” ….Here take this measly $150 million you Leftists Girlie Bags and Report that worldwide you Left WIng uncompassionate Media ”

    Sorry GUV—-Not enuff nor near what the Prop 71 Voters demanded and passed in our ‘Democrapcy’ (political Pandering of Course )

    ONE FOR BIG PHARMA …the Elites —–you will never know their names—–…

    TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS in dollars recouped in THEAPIES NOT CURES —Patents that will last for decades and be valued at Trillions of Dollars worldwide —Therapies NOT CURES must be preserved at any cost to the public by BIG PHARMA until Public Funding will be DELAYED, Foot Dragged—UNTIL—–Research is FIRST accomplished by the ELITE BIG PHARMA using Embryonic Stem Cells —then the PATENTS FOR THE CURES OUR SAFELY IN THE BANK ACCOUNTS of THE BIG PHARMA

    The NECON AGENDA is to stretch out the lawsuits in COURT till they secure the Research and the PATENTS —this is the SECRET AGENDA —-

    Here is the LINK …(CUT AND PASTE THE ENTIRE ADDRESS) http://www.etopiamedia.net/ emmnn/ pages/ emmnn67-5551212.html

    DOES BIG PHARMA LINE Schwarzeneggar’s Pockets …well…Yeahhh! …(CUT AND PASTE THE ENTIRE ADDRESS)

    http://www.zmag.org/ content/ showarticle.cfm?ItemID=6382

    It’s so obvious my friends —-but mostly the public is not hip to the Governorship of California POST in the NEOCON column (remember the polls close last here in CALI in federal elections so the governor can still call it for whoever they FIX the elections for) CALI —important place —SCHWARTZY —-taking from BIG PHARMA —Oh Yeahhhh!!!!!

    Comment by pigs4patents — August 25, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

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