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Senate Bill No. 354

Public Act No. 10-136

AN ACT CONCERNING BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH TRUST FUND RESEARCH GRANTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-32c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2010):

There is created a Biomedical Research Trust Fund which shall be a separate nonlapsing fund. The trust fund may accept transfers from the Tobacco Settlement Fund and may apply for and accept gifts, grants or donations from public or private sources to enable the account to carry out its objectives. On and after July 1, 2001, the Commissioner of Public Health may make grants-in-aid from the trust fund to eligible institutions for the purpose of funding biomedical research in the fields of heart disease, cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, and Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, the total amount of such grants-in-aid made during the fiscal year shall not exceed two million dollars. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and each fiscal year thereafter, the total amount of such grants-in-aid made during the fiscal year shall not exceed fifty per cent of the total amount held in the trust fund as of the date such grants-in-aid are approved. Not later than April 1, 2001, the Commissioner of Public Health shall develop an application for grants-in-aid under this section and may receive applications from eligible institutions for such grants-in-aid on and after said date. For purposes of this section, "eligible institution" means (1) a nonprofit, tax-exempt academic institution of higher education, or (2) a hospital that conducts biomedical research.

Approved May 27, 2010