Stem cell grants issued

Five prominent San Diego research institutions were tentatively awarded grants Friday for stem cell research.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine board gave preliminary approval to a total of $58 million in grants statewide. The CIRM board will have to meet again to release the funds, as money is only available for commitments through September.

The board members said they will seek private donations in order to continue awarding grants.

Among the San Diego institutions expected to receive grants are:

  • San Diego State University, $1.7 million;
  • UC San Diego, $3.88 million;
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, $1.5 million;
  • The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, $1.39 million; and
  • The Scripps Research Institute, $1.99 million.

The grants are funded through the passage of Proposition 71 in 2004, which provided $3 billion for stem cell research in California. The CIRM was created to oversee the allocation of those funds.