Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CPRIT/Update from Interim Executive Director - 05/28/2013

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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
With the end of the 83rd Texas Legislature’s Regular Session, I want to provide an update on CPRIT’s progress and expectations going forward.

Senate Bill 149, the reform bill revising CPRIT’s enabling legislation, has been sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature. This bill, which will become law immediately upon the governor’s signature, strengthens CPRIT operations and governance. Significant provisions include:
  • Heightened conflict-of-interest standards for CPRIT staff, Oversight Committee members, and reviewers;
  • Process improvements for developing and approving grants, and;
  • More consistent and effective monitoring of grantees’ performance.

CPRIT thanks the Legislature, particularly Sen. Jane Nelson and Rep. Jim Keffer, for strengthening CPRIT to fulfill its vital mission.

We are currently developing rules and procedures necessary to implement SB 149 and will update you as these measures are adopted. CPRIT is committed to achieving the high standards called for in SB 149 and in the January 2013 State Auditor’s report on agency operations. We will move carefully and deliberately in implementing these changes.

Full funding for CPRIT grant programs was included in the 2014-15 biennial appropriations act. Provided Gov. Perry signs SB 149, we hope to release new requests for applications in fall 2013.

We are unable to provide any additional information at this time concerning the August and December awards affected by the December 18th moratorium.  As soon as information is available, we will notify you.

Thank you for your participation in and support of CPRIT’s vital mission to combat the scourge of cancer. We look forward to partnering with you as we renew our efforts to meet the purpose for which CPRIT was established.


Wayne R. Roberts
Interim Executive Director


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