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Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS)

FDA and NIH, as part of an on-going interagency partnership, awarded 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) in order to generate critical research that informs the regulation of tobacco products. The research centers will receive more than $273 million in grants from 2013-2018. What scientists are learning about tobacco through the TCORS program is helping to inform and assess FDA's prior, ongoing, and potential regulatory activities. TCORS investigators also have the flexibility and capacity to respond to FDA's research needs as issues are raised in today's rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace.

Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) Map


Investing in Tobacco Regulatory Science

The TCORS program is designed to generate scientific evidence in seven key areas:

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


The TCORS Scientists

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 Lung's 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 NIH's Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP)'s TCORS webpage.

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