Tobacco Products

Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS)

As part of an on-going interagency partnership, FDA and NIH awarded $53 million in fiscal year 2013 to establish 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for tobacco-related research.

As a first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program, TCORS is designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists. 

Investing in Tobacco Regulatory Science

Over the course of a five-year period, FDA and NIH will award a total of more than $273 million to the TCORS programs. In turn, these grants provide scientific evidence in the following seven tobacco-related research areas:

  • Diversity of tobacco products;
  • Reducing addiction;
  • Reducing toxicity and carcinogenicity
  • Adverse health consequences;
  • Communications;
  • Marketing of tobacco products; and
  • Economics and policies.

This research will help inform and assess FDA’s prior, ongoing, and potential future regulatory activities.  TCORS investigators will also have the flexibility and capacity to respond to FDA’s research needs as issues are raised in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace. 

The TCORS Grantees

TCORS proposals were selected for funding based on scientific and technical merit as determined by NIH scientific peer review, availability of funds and relevance of the proposed projects to the TCORS program priorities. The following organizations and investigators received grants:

Organization Title Investigator(s)
American Heart Association  American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC)  Aruni Bhatnagar, Rose Marie Robertson 
Georgia State University   The Science of Decision-Making: Connecting People and Policy (GSU TCORS)  Michael Erikson
Ohio State University  OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS)  Peter Shields, Mary Ellen Wewers 
Pennsylvania State University   Pennsylvania State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (PSU TCORS) Joshua Muscat, Jonathan Foulds 
University of California San Francisco   Improved Models to Inform Tobacco Product Regulation (UCSF TCORS) Stanton Glantz 
University of Pennsylvania  Tobacco Product Messaging in a Complex Communication Environment (UPenn TCORS)   Robert Hornik, Caryn Lerman
University of North Carolina  Effective Communication on Tobacco Product Risk and FDA Authority (Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication)  Kurt Ribisl 
University of North Carolina   The Impact of Tobacco Exposure on the Lungs Innate Defense System (UNC TCORS) Robert Tarran 
University of Maryland  Rapid Response Characterization of New and Manipulated Tobacco Products  Pamela Clark 
University of Southern California  USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) for Vulnerable Populations  May Ann Pentz, Jonathan Samet 
 University of Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults  Cheryl Perry 
 University of Vermont Vermont Center on Tobacco Regulatory Science  Stephen Higgins 
Virginia Commonwealth University  Center for the Study of Tobacco Products  Thomas Eissenberg, Robert Balster 
 Yale University Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science  Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Stephanie O’Malley 

Significant updates on the TCORS projects will be posted on this webpage, as well as on the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP)’s TCORS webpage

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