CAMDEN, NJ — Two South Jersey universities with ties to Camden will receive a combined $2,626,453 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation for STEM research.

The funding to Rowan University and Rutgers University–Camden, announced Thursday by Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-1), will help to combat the opioid epidemic, find cures for diseases, train the future workforce, and strengthen local economies.

“Innovative research projects are the only way we are going to improve treatments, discover new ideas, and ensure South Jerseyans and Americans are ready for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Norcross, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. “The work going on at our area’s top-notch institutions will reshape the fields of science and medicine. I look forward to seeing how these grants will be put to good use fostering the next generation of thinkers and innovators.”

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More than $1.5 million will go to Rowan, including $500,000 dedicated to the School of Osteopathic Medicine alone from the HHS for research on substance use disorders, HIV, hepatitis C, and primary-care services for marginalized populations.

“This grant will put New Jersey, especially southern New Jersey, in the forefront in fighting the opioid crisis,” said Richard Jermyn, the program director at Rowan Medicine’s NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute.

The remaining funding for Rowan breaks down as follows:

  • $345,853 to the College of Science and Mathematics, from the HHS, for research into the process of cell death and immune-related disorders.
  • $300,000 to the College of Science and Mathematics, from the NSF, for biomolecular research.
  • $299,993 to the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, from the NSF for innovative training for engineering students.
  • $250,000 to the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, from the NSF, for research and development into safer and cheaper eye treatments for patients suffering from cornea tears.

Rutgers–Camden, meanwhile, benefits from two funding streams to the College of Arts and Sciences from the NSF — $600,000 for research on evolution between species and $330,607 for a comprehensive study into computer science data collection.

“Rutgers University–Camden is known internationally for our excellence in the sciences, and these two grants from the National Science Foundation prove once again that we earn that reputation every day,” said Howard Marchitello, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “On a per-capita basis, our researchers attract federal funding at an impressive level, and their work is defining the next generation of ideas for our economy."

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare of our country. The organization supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country.

The Department of Health and Human Services is a federal agency created to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Its mission is to provide effective health and human services and foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

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