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Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE)

In 2001, Act 77 directed the Pennsylvania Department of Health to establish a health research program.   Under this program research grants are awarded for clinical, health services, and biomedical research.   Act 77 establishes two types of health research grants – formula (non-competitive) grants and non-formula (competitive) grants.   All entities receiving funds must follow certain reporting, monitoring and evaluation procedures.

Please visit this site for the latest updates on research priority identification, Request for Application dates, Health Research Advisory Committee meeting schedule and other related issues.


CURE Awarded Grants - click here to view the list and descriptions of grants awarded from tobacco settlement funds by state fiscal year.

Annual CURE Reports - click here to view the Annual CURE Report which is an overview of the health research program by state fiscal year and the annual progress reports for each grant recipient.

CURE Final Reports and Performance Review - click here to view annual and final progress reporting requirements and final performance reviews with responses by institution.

Health Research Advisory Committee - click here to view committee members, minutes and meeting notices.

CURE Health Research Priorities - click here to review identified health research priorities by fiscal year and current non-formula Request for Application.

CURE Authorizing Legislation - Act 77 and Act 149 (PDF) - click here for Chapter 9 of the Tobacco Settlement Act, Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement.

CURE Program Overview (PDF) - click here for a Power Point overview



Contact Us

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Health Research Office
Health and Welfare Building, Room 833
625 Forster Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Phone: 717-231-2825

Questions and requests, please use the email address.