NSF Names Cooperative Research Centers for Arizona, Illinois and Ohio
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected universities in Arizona, Illinois and Ohio to receive more than $1 million each in federal funds--to be matched by the public and private sector--to establish three new State/Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers.
The initiative, created in 1990, is a "peer-reviewed investment of federal resources, one in a series designed to promote partnerships among academe, industry and state government," says Joseph Bordogna, NSF assistant director for Engineering. The partnerships are intended to create knowledge in critically-needed technologies for rapid transfer to the marketplace. The intended result is an "enhanced industrial capacity, a competitive technological infrastructure, development of wealth-producing enterprises, and an employed workforce," says Bordogna.
The cooperative agreement with each of the new centers requires the state and industrial partners to match or exceed NSF's contribution. Industry representatives will serve on an advisory board for each cooperative research center. The centers are expected to involve firms of all sizes, with an emphasis on small businesses.
The new NSF research centers are:
Funding for the new centers begins April 1. A total of 24 universities applied for the FY96 round of awards. The new centers announced today bring to 13 the total number of NSF sponsored State/Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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