Ohio grants, tech challenge cleared to fight opioid crisis

A state commission in Ohio agreed Wednesday to move forward on Republican Gov. John Kasich’s request to invest $20 million in accelerating scientific breakthroughs that could help solve the U.S. opioid crisis.

The plan will include $12 million in competitive research and development grants and $8 million for a spirited innovation challenge modeled after the Head Health competition launched by the NFL, Under Armour and GE to address traumatic brain injuries.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission voted unanimously to release requests for proposals for both prongs of the effort.

Read more in the Akron Beacon Journal, WKSU and the U.S. News & World Report.

Originally published May 24, 2017.

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