$10.5 million Hall foundation grant a shot in the arm for new Fairway research center

The $10.5 million Hall Family Foundation grant announced earlier this week to support The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s quest for National Cancer Institute designation will be a boon for the just-opened University of Kansas Clinical Research Center in Fairway.

The vast majority of the grant — $7 million — will provide funding for faculty and researchers at the Fairway facility, which is housed in a building donated by the Hall Family Foundation in 2008.

The center opened for patient care Jan. 23. It was funded in part by a one-eight cent Education Research Triangle sales tax approved by Johnson County voters in November 2008. The tax, which generates more than $15 million a year, is funding new degree programs at KU’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park; the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute at K-State’s Innovation Campus in Olathe; and Clinical Research Center in Fairway.