Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus Lift CPRIT Grant Moratorium
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today authorized the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to resume grant operations and finalize remaining contracts. The decision was made following a strict review of the agency's processes and the passage of major reforms in the 83rd Regular Session. The awards are to be finalized in compliance with state law and CPRIT administrative rules. A moratorium on grant operations has been in place since December 2012.
"With the new oversight committee and critical reforms in place, CPRIT can continue its lifesaving work with greater transparency, accountability and integrity," Gov. Perry said. "The research and prevention efforts supported by CPRIT have the potential to make a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer. As important as this work is, it must be done in a way that ensures the trust and confidence of the people of Texas."
"CPRIT is crucial to our state's efforts to save lives and is now even better equipped to do so thanks to the reforms we have put into place. crafted by our legislators. With the impeccable peer review process and concentration on getting life-saving drugs to deserving patients, we can help save the lives of countless fellow Texans," said Lt. Gov. Dewhurst. "I remain fully committed to CPRIT's mission and strongly support funding cures to this dreaded disease."
"The reforms passed by the Legislature will make CPRIT more transparent and accountable to the public," Speaker Straus said. "The agency is now equipped to implement those reforms and move forward with the critical mission of fighting cancer. The Legislature will closely monitor CPRIT in order to ensure that the agency's mission is realized and taxpayer dollars are used properly."
Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus put a hold on all CPRIT grant activities following concerns about the processes and operations of the agency. Earlier this year, the governor signed Senate Bill 149, which set forth rigorous checks and balances and introduced major reforms to the agency. Pursuant to these reforms, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker have appointed the new CPRIT Oversight Committee, which will guide the work of the institute and approve all grant applications.
CPRIT was created by the Legislature and approved by voters in 2007 in order to fund cancer research and prevention efforts in Texas. The agency awards grants to expedite innovation in lifesaving cancer research, and attracts and expands prevention and treatment research capabilities.
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