UT institutions receive $65.4 million for cancer research from CPRIT

More than $1.7 billion has been granted to UT institutions by CPRIT since 2009

AUSTIN, Texas – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) last week awarded nine University of Texas institutions 37 grants totaling $65.4 million.

“For UT institutions to receive almost two-thirds of CPRIT’s most recent round of grants speaks volumes to the caliber and quality of cancer research conducted and therapies delivered to benefit Texans all over our state – not to mention from all across the country and world,” said UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken. “The innovations of our faculty, doctors, and students in the pursuit of cancer therapies and cures are extending and saving lives.”

The following UT institutions received awards to support academic research and prevention initiatives, and to recruit world-class cancer researchers to Texas:

  • UT MD Anderson: 15 grants totaling $19,381,492
  • UT Southwestern: 10 grants totaling $14,673,837
  • UTHealth Houston: 5 grants totaling $10,995,385
  • UT Health San Antonio: 2 grants totaling $3,992,330
  • UT Rio Grande Valley: 1 grant totaling $6,000,000
  • UT Dallas: 1 grant totaling $6,000,000
  • UT Medical Branch: 1 grant totaling $2,257,898
  • UT Austin: 1 grant totaling $1,050,000
  • UT San Antonio: 1 grant totaling $1,049,128

CPRIT was created by the Texas Legislature and approved by a statewide vote in 2007 to lead the Lone Star State’s fight against cancer. In 2019, Texas voters again voted overwhelmingly to support CPRIT with an additional $3 billion for a total $6 billion investment in cancer research and prevention.

To date, the agency has awarded over $3 billion in grants to Texas research institutions and organizations through its academic research, prevention, and product development research programs. CPRIT has also recruited more than 288 distinguished researchers to Texas, supported the establishment, expansion, or relocation of 51 companies to Texas, and supported more than 8.2 million prevention services reaching all 254 counties in Texas.

About The University of Texas System

For nearly 140 years The University of Texas System has improved the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 13 institutions that enroll more than 244,000 students collectively, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 68,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of undergraduate degrees in Texas and more than 60% of the state’s medical degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 10 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days each year. UT institutions are among the most innovative in the world, ranking No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas – employing more than 116,000 faculty, health care professionals, and staff – and has an annual operating budget of $25.2 billion.

News Contact Information

Catherine Frazier: cfrazier@utsystem.edu • 512-499-4360 (direct)