School of Medicine receives $1.5 million grant from Cleveland Foundation

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Cleveland Foundation to support the Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology (CCMSB), a successful outgrowth of the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology and Case Center for Proteomics that were both previously supported by the Cleveland Foundation.

This grant award will help increase the capacity of the existing CCMSB through faculty recruitment and research support, to capitalize on and streamline research and educational activities currently underway. Ultimately, the partnership of the Cleveland Foundation will advance the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s goal of growing the CCMSB into a comprehensive, inter-institutional research center aimed at accelerating the discovery of therapeutic agents to slow, prevent or even reverse an array of diseases and conditions.

In addition to the $1.5 million grant to support the CCMSB, the Cleveland Foundation also awarded a separate grant of $80,000 to support continued planning around the university’s collaboration with the China National Off-shore Oil Company – New Energy Investment Co. Ltd. (CNOOC – NEI) to create a U.S.–China Collaboration Platform. The Collaboration Platform will create a practical vehicle for the U.S. and China to implement sustained collaboration on energy and environmental issues and build a stronger foundation to collaborate on other strategic challenges.

The Cleveland Foundation has been the major strategic collaborator and financial underwriter in planning this effort. The current Cleveland Foundation grant award will provide funding for continued project planning, so that the platform may be launched as a part of Case Western Reserve University.