In the largest grant ever awarded to a university in the Northwest, the University of Washington has received $70 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its human genome research, the Seattle Times reports.
According to Microsoft chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, $60 million of the grant will go toward a new building for the university's Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Bioengineering. The building will accommodate three hundred to four hundred people, including staff, students, and faculty, both existing and new. Funding for the $150 million construction project will also come from a $12 million federal grant, $50 million in revenue bonds, $10 million from the Whitaker Foundation, and other private donations. The remaining $10 million from Gates will support the university's genomics projects on disease in the developing world.
"This will cement the leadership role the university is in, and holds great promise for pushing forward the contribution that genomics work will make to all kinds of diseases," said Gates. "It also shows a commitment on my part, the foundation's part, to keep Seattle preeminent in these areas."