July 6, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $13.8 Million to Advance Life Sciences Research and Enhance Health Care Across New York

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Awards Support Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Chronic Pain Research

Builds on $620 Million Commitment to Make New York a Leader in Life Sciences Innovation


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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $13.8 million has been awarded to 26 academic medical institutions across the state to train physician researchers under the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program. The two-year awards, which will support research projects in areas such as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and pain management – complement the Governor’s ongoing efforts to promote the growth of a life sciences cluster in New York.

"New York is a leader in medical and scientific innovation, and by helping hospitals across the state attract and retain top-notch science researchers, we will empower our health centers to provide the very best care for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "These awards will support critical training physicians need to help advance and improve the health of men, women and children across the state and future generations of New Yorkers."

"ECRIP funding is one of the ways New York State keeps its place on the cutting edge of biomedical research and innovation," said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "These awards entice the next generation of physician-researchers to train in New York hospitals, increasing our ability to fight disease and protect the health of New Yorkers."

Work accomplished through ECRIP builds on the Governor’s commitment to develop a life sciences research cluster, as proposed in the 2017 State of the State. The $620 million initiative includes $100 million to expand the Excelsior Jobs Program and $100 million for a new life sciences research and development tax credit. The initiative also includes $320 million in state capital grants to support the development of wet-lab and innovation space, support operations, and provide investment capital for early-stage life sciences companies that leverage at least $100 million in matching funds from private sector partnerships.

The ECRIP funding has been awarded in two categories: to centers and to individuals. The awards will help train at least 62 physician researchers over the next two years.  

Center awards provide funding for teaching hospitals to form research teams focused on a specific topic, disease or condition, and enhance the ability of these hospitals to seek additional funding from the federal government to advance their work. Eighteen institutions will receive nearly $700,000 over two years for the training of a team comprised of at least three fellows. Each institution has committed at least $200,000 in direct matching funds for its project.

Eight institutions will receive Individual Awards of up to $150,000 over two years. These awards will allow teaching hospitals to build their research capacity and train researchers in a variety of diverse areas.  

Center award recipients include:

Mid-Hudson Valley

  • HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Hospital
  • Westchester Medical Center


Long Island

  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • North Shore University Hospital  
  • South Side Hospital


Central New York

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University


Finger Lakes

  • University of Rochester Medical Center


New York City

  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
  • Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Richmond University Medical Center
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Individual award recipients include:

Mid-Hudson Valley

  • Montefiore/New Rochelle Hospital


Long Island

  • Glen Cove Hospital


New York City

  • Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • Jacobi Medical Center
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Staten Island University Hospital


ECRIP was developed in 2000 upon the recommendation of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education, a body of medical educators that provides advice to the Governor and the Commissioner of Health on matters related to medical education and training. The awards announced today bring the total amount of ECRIP funding awarded since the program began to $116 million.

For more information on the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program visit: www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/graduate_medical_education/ecrip

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