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NIH awarded Ponce Health Science University $4.4M to renovate the Ponce Research Institute facilities.


Today we reflect on the past two years as it is the Anniversary of Hurricane María. During the day, please take some time to remember, as well as how we came together as a community to help rebuild our campus and southcentral Puerto Rico, as well as honor the memory of all of those who lost their lives in the aftermath.

 As part of our ongoing work to establish a more robust research enterprise, I am proud and excited to announce that the NIH has awarded PRI $4.4M to restore our main Research Building (Building F).  This is a wonderful testament to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of our team!!  This grant was submitted during the Christmas break in 2018, and required high-level coordination with multiple stakeholders with a very tight deadline/timeline.  The grant will allow for an interior remodel of our research labs, as well as the implementation of full off-the grid solar power, and fixed storm window shutters in order to maximize the resiliency of our facility. 

 We have a two-year timeline for this renovation, so the Project Management Team will soon be contacting all researchers that may be impacted by the project, in order to coordinate activities to maximize productivity as well as mitigate potential interruptions to research activities.  We look forward to working with all of you as we proceed with this much-awaited and needed facelift to our research building.

Thanks for your continued efforts towards the growth and expansion of research at our institution. I am proud of what you do!


Kenira Thompson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Ponce Health Sciences University
President, Ponce Research Institute


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