Three universities with biomedical research programs have teamed to create a grid supporting the exchange of cardiac illness data. The Cardiovascular Research Grid, which will link up cardiovascular researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University and the University of California, San Diego, is funded by an $8.5 million grant from the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. For the first portion of the project, the groups will develop software tools which will allow other researcher teams to become nodes on the grid. Eventually, participants will be able to share experimental data, analysis tools and computational models. The ultimate goal of the project is to speed the development of heart disease treatments by improving the way scientists share information.