Cancer Research Initiative Taking a Second Look at Grant Money.
Leaders of a $3 billion cancer research initiative in Texas are taking a second look at an approved $20 million grant that raised questions about how closely the original proposal was scrutinized.
The Cancer Research and Prevention of Texas awarded the so-called incubator grant to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The state agency accepted M.D. Anderson's offer this week to have its original application go through review again. Dr. Alfred Gilman, a Nobel laureate and the agency's chief science officer, criticized the original funding because there was never a review by a separate scientific panel. Gilman wrote his concerns in a letter of resignation earlier this month.
CPRIT gave no indication in accepting the re-review that its scientific panel will be involved this time, either.