American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at OHSU

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From Fiscal Year 2009 to Fiscal Year 2012, Oregon Health & Science University received over $110 million from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a federal initiative designed to "stimulate the U.S. economy through the support and advancement of scientific research." ARRA funds have been used to create jobs at OHSU--jobs in research and construction, as well as training people for careers in biomedical research, health information technology, and other fields.

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ARRA Funding to increase Health Information Technology Education at OHSU

OHSU has been awarded $5.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to develop training and resources for Health Information Technology (HIT) education. The stimulus funding will directly support the education of about 150 new students over three years in OHSU's biomedical informatics graduate program, and will establish one of five national dissemination resources for HIT education. The goal of this stimulus funding is to prepare students for careers in this rapidly growing field.

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OHSU Library receives ARRA funding for organizing research resources

A common problem for researchers is being unable to efficiently find resources that would help their work. A new consortium called eagle-i is designed to tackle that problem. The OHSU Library is joining Harvard University in an ARRA-funded team, with seven other university partners, that will begin to catalog the nation's research resources. This two-year, $15 million project, funded by the National Center for Research Resources and led by Harvard, will not only develop networks of resources but also tools that will allow other universities to implement similar catalogs.

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ARRA funds spur discovery

OHSU researchers are using their ARRA funds to study. . .

  • Returning limb movement for stroke victims who have suffered paralysis
  • New tools that accelerate the time it takes a physician to diagnose of leukemia
  • Improving health and wellness conditions for children and adults undergoing chemotherapy, a treatment that while often successful, causes severe sickness and exhaustion.
  • Creating a database of gene information to help researchers better understand the genetic influence of alcoholism
  • Developing new ways to study and treat brain tumors
  • Combating disease epidemics
  • Improving alcohol treatment for Native Americans

Other studies

Examples of ARRA Awards at OHSU

For researchers with ARRA funding

Publicizing your research supported by an ARRA award? Be sure to include the following statement:

The activities described in this release are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More information about NIH's ARRA grant funding opportunities can be found at To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit