Any organization that gets a 42-fold return on investment is doing something right -- actually, doing a lot of things right. That's the story of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research, which marked its 20th anniversary in November 2020. Among many achievements worth celebrating: turning $500,000 in P30 pilot grants for young investigators into $21 million in NIH funding over a 5-year period (see chart).
In early June 2021, The Department of Orthopaedics research center got another reason to cheer: notification from NIH that its 800-page P30 grant renewal application was accepted, and it had earned continued funding. The 5-year grant includes $2,499,995 direct costs, and $3,849,995 total costs.
"We have many grants at the Center, but the P30 is a backbone," said Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D., Richard and Margaret Burton Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics and Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research. "It's an infrastructure grant that doesn't directly fund research but makes our research possible."