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;
- 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:
|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.