The University of California Davis has received more than $104 million in federal stimulus funds through 231 awards and grants for research in areas ranging from asthma to clean energy, the university said Tuesday.
The largest single American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award to date is $14.2 million from the National Center for Research Resources to construct a 19,000-square-foot building for respiratory disease research at the California National Primate Research Center. The building, which will include offices, lab space, and animal holding areas, brings together UC Davis researchers from the schools of medicine and veterinary medicine who work on childhood asthma, the effects of air pollution, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
The stimulus funding has created the equivalent of 237 full-time positions at the university.
“By backing research at UC Davis, the federal government is investing not only in the nation’s future but in ours, and we are grateful for that investment,” UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi said. “While the boost from Recovery Act funds is temporary, we aim to sustain UC Davis’ growth as a leading research university.”