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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT; Austin) reported that it released five cancer research requests for applications (RFA) just three months after receiving its first funding. In May, 2009, the 81st

Legislature appropriated $450 million dollars in bond proceeds for the next two years for CPRIT to fund cancer research and prevention grants that will expedite innovation in cancer treatment and expand cancer prevention services in the state. This appropriation is the first for the $3 billion, 10 year project approved by Texas voters in 2007.

"CPRIT is now officially open for business," said William Gimson, CPRIT executive director. "Now we can get to the important work we have to do in the fight against cancer."

RFA categories include Individual Investigator Research Awards, the High Impact/High Risk Research Awards, Recruitment Research Awards for First-time Tenure-track Faculty Members, Rising Stars, and Established Investigators. Additional cancer research and prevention services RFAs will be released over the next few months.