The Charleston Gazette - A $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help West Virginia University Health Sciences compete with other institutions for more NIH funding, officials said Wednesday.

 The grant, awarded to the school's West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will pay for the staffing, equipment, protocol and programming that would make the school more competitive in its application for other, bigger research grants.

 With the infrastructure in place, WVU Health Sciences can better apply for research grants to study cancer, heart disease, stroke and obesity-related illnesses that are prevalent in the state, according to a statement from the school.