Christie Administration Awards $3.8 Million in Grants for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd announced today more than $3.8 million in grants for research to develop treatments and cures for disabilities associated with traumatic brain injury. These grant awards are approved by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research.

“New Jersey has some of the finest medical institutions and research facilities the nation has to offer,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “With this funding, the Department of Health is working to stimulate advancement in care that will improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries.”

In New Jersey, approximately 175,000 New Jersey residents suffer from traumatic injuries that damage the brain, and 12,000 new injuries occur each year that require inpatient or outpatient treatment.

The economic consequences of physical disabilities due to traumatic brain injury, including medical and long-term care costs, are estimated at $48 billion annually in the United States.

Since the Commission was created in 2004, more than $21 million has been awarded in New Jersey to research and develop effective treatment and cures for the disabilities associated with traumatic brain injury. In 2013, thirty-eight applicants requested funding totaling more than $15.4 million.

A wide range of grant opportunities are offered including: Individual Research Grants; Post-doctoral and Graduate Fellowships; Pilot Research Grants and Programmatic Multi-Investigator Research Grants.

The 2012 New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Annual Report is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/njcbir/documents/2012_annual_report.pdf

Complete information on the grant recipient projects and funding is available at: http://nj.gov/health/njcbir/documents/2013_brain_injury_grants.pdf

To apply for future research grants, access grant applications, find out application deadlines, and to obtain additional information on the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, visit the website at http://www.nj.gov/health/njcbir. For telephone inquiries, please call 609-633-6465.