(AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says an $18 million federal grant will ensure continuation of a biomedical research and education network involving a dozen research laboratories, colleges and universities. The five-year grant is earmarked for the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. Known as INBRE, the network was created in 2001 to help scientists and students conduct research and compete for federal funding. Baldacci announced the grant Thursday in Augusta. He said biomedical research is an increasingly important sector in Maine’s economy, and he’s pleased that Maine students are learning that they need not leave the state to have a meaningful career in science. The network is led by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor.