FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

CDC awards $1.143 million grant to Manipal University

Manipal University, a school located in Bangalore, India, announced on Tuesday that one of its research departments received a $1.143 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The university's Manipal Centre for Virus Research received the research cooperative agreement grant from the CDC's Coordinating Office of Global Health. The grant was awarded for an application submitted for a project related to hospital-based surveillance of acute febrile illness in India's Western Ghat region. The project will detect etiologies of emerging infectious disease in the region.

The CDC grant will provide both financial and technical support, resulting in significant capacity building at the university.

"The grant from CDC is a landmark achievement for Manipal University in its research endeavors," H Vinod Bhat, the university's pro vice chancellor, said. "The National Institute of Virology, Pune and the National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi, both under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (of the) government of India are the only other previous recipients of such a grant from CDC."

The university said the grant could result in further international research collaborations and additional funding.

"Manipal University has been growing from strength to strength in recent years and has invested significantly in research projects across diverse disciplines," Bhat said. "The faculty and students have access to world class infrastructure and technical guidance to develop their research ideas and innovations."

The MCVR was established to augment diagnostic virology capacity and increase research activities at the university.