IBB is grateful for the Hamill Foundation's long term support. The Hamill Innovation Awards, now in their tenth year, continue to fund the initiation of new collaborative research by faculty in IBB. These awards allow faculty to explore risky new areas of research that might not otherwise receive funding and collect the preliminary data necessary to publish their work or to win increasingly competitive awards from federal agencies. Previous recipients have been able to leverage their initial research, funded by the Hamill Innovation Awards, to attain additional prestigious grants and make further significant discoveries. Some of these achievements include:
In addition, in February 2010, the IBB's administrative headquarters moved into the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building - a move made possible thanks to the $1 million dollar gift from the Hamill Foundation.