WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today reported that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) $20 million over the span of five years. This grant is one of five highly competitive awards in a similar scope issued by NSF.
“This award serves as merited recognition of the great work that is ongoing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville,” said Senator Shelby, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds NSF. “UAH is a nationally recognized institution for its research efforts that benefit students, industry, and the community and will continue to do so in the years to come. Once again, Alabama has set itself apart as a leader in science research and higher education.”
The grant was awarded as part of the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, which helps to build and develop capabilities in states that demonstrate a commitment to research.
UAH is set to receive a Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 EPSCoR award, designed to support fundamental research and education efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Through this award, UAH plans to focus on the development of technologies for applications ranging from aerospace and manufacturing to food safety, based on low-temperature plasmas. Additionally, the project will share resources and leverage partnerships among other Alabama institutions of higher learning and industries, establish national and international collaborations, and support industry internship applications for graduate and undergraduate students.
The following states also received the competitive EPSCoR award: Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wyoming.