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Research and Program Update

ICR Update May 2017

The Colorado legislature has approved a $1.8 million budget for the ICR in FY18. The continuing support of the state of Colorado is a testament to the ICR being a good steward of its government funding and accomplishing the following goals in its first year.

  • To develop an ICR management and research infrastructure.
  • To conduct multi-disciplinary cannabis research with CSU-Pueblo faculty and students.
  • To host an international cannabis research conference.
  • To create and publish the 2017 conference proceedings and the first Journal of Cannabis Research.

We are pleased to announce that we are in discussions with BioMed Central, a division of Springer Nature, a leading open access publisher, to establish the Journal of Cannabis Research (JCR) to provide a comprehensive platform for the latest multidisciplinary research on cannabis in society.

Currently, the ICR steering committee is working diligently to prepare the FY18 budget, balancing the costs associated with expansion of the ICR research and management infrastructure, continuation of FY17 ICR research and the journal and conference, possible external partnerships, and new research funding going forward for FY18. Our FY18 priorities will be driven by the ICR mission to “generate new knowledge of cannabis and its derivatives through research and education that improves lives and contributes to science, medicine and society.”

With the recent approval of state funding, we have finalized the proposal and grant application for FY18 cannabis research funding. Please note that proposals are due by May 31st, can only request funding for one year of research from July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, and must have a CSU-Pueblo tenured or tenure-track faculty member as a co-principal investigator. Research grant proposals will be reviewed during June with final awards expected to be determined by late June.

This short notification and turnaround time should not occur in the future now that the ICR has base funding from the state of Colorado going forward. Our plans for FY19 research proposals will include more lead time for both the grant application and review processes.

We are also in the final stages of searching for a permanent ICR director to begin duties on July 1, 2017. Interim Managing Director Jen Mullen agreed to serve in the position until June 30, 2017 and the hiring of the permanent director.

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