News Advisory: URI to announce $20 million grant to further expand biomedical research capacity in R.I.

Embargoed until Monday, June 10 at 12:30 a.m.

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHAT: A University of Rhode Island-based initiative that has successfully expanded biomedical research capacity at nearly all of Rhode Island’s universities and colleges has been awarded another $20 million in federal funding to further expand the program over the next five years. The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001 with $61 million in previous grants, was established to expand statewide research capacity in the biomedical sciences. The University of Rhode Island partners with Brown University, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and the Community College of Rhode Island in the program.

WHO: URI President David M. Dooley, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, URI Vice President for Research Peter Snyder; URI Professor of Pharmacy Bongsup Cho, program director, and representatives from all of the participating universities and colleges.

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2019, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center, 45 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus

PARKING: In lot behind the Higgins Welcome Center, off Briar Lane.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862,