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Faculty Research Investment Program (FRI P)

June 17, 2009

The excerpt below is taken from "Withdrawal Symptoms" Allison Holden and originally appeared in the spring issue of the Arts and Sciences Magazine.

For Dr. Jaime (Jimmy) L. Diaz-Granados, the second time was the charm in securing national funding for a new idea in his lab's research on alcohol withdrawal-related seizures.

Critical to the successful resubmission was the internal grant the Office of the Vice Provost for Research awarded him in 2005 through the Faculty Research Investment Program (FRI P), which provided the necessary time and resources for a winning proposal, he says.

"This is a wonderful mechanism to help faculty," says Diaz-Granados, chair of the psychology and neuroscience department and associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies. "One of the conditions of being successful with the FRIP is going out and making an attempt to get [external] money. In our case, we were not only able to attempt, but we were also able to bring in the dollars."

In September 2005, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded him $225,000 over a two-year period for his research on taurine - an amino acid -and its effect on alcohol withdrawal-related seizures.