As noted in the annual report of the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, “An Act Permitting Stem Cell Research and Banning the Cloning of Human Beings” (the Act), was approved by the General Assembly and signed by Governor M. Jodi Rell on June 15, 2005. The Act appropriated a total of 100 million dollars over ten years for the purpose of grants-in-aid for conducting human embryonic or adult stem cell research. The Act has been codified at Connecticut General Statutes §19a-32d through §19a-32g, and §4-28e(c)(3).

Passage of the legislation positioned Connecticut as the third state in the nation in providing public funding in support of human embryonic and adult stem cell research. It mandated the establishment of the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory and Peer Review Committees and required the Commissioner of Public Health as Chair of the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to convene the first meeting by December 1, 2005.

70 applications were received in response to the Request for Proposals issued on May 10, 2006. On November 21, 2006, with the support of Connecticut Innovations and the Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee directed the award of $19.78 million in stem cell research funds to researchers from the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and Yale University.

Applications for the ten million dollars available in FY 2008 are due on November 1, 2007, with final decisions expected on or after April 2008. A priority for the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Grants Program is to support research on hESC that is not currently eligible for federal funding.

Contact for IASCR: Warren Wollschlager, Chief, Office of Research and Development, Connecticut Department of Public Health