BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Jackson Lab is preparing to spend $700,000 to create a repository for specialized mice used in research into Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Tow Foundation is providing a $350,000 challenge grant that’ll provide half the funding for a repository for mice to be utilized by scientists researching the fatal neurological disorder. The balance of funding will come from the ALS Association and the ALS Therapy Alliance.

ALS afflicts 30,000 Americans, with 15 new cases diagnosed each day.

Creation and rapid distribution of mouse models of ALS is crucial to finding treatments. The Jackson Lab’s ALS repository will reduce the logistical barriers to scientists’ donating valuable new models, as well as assure quality control and make them available to the scientific community.