Grants and Gifts

Dillard University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, received a five-year, $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand its infrastructure for conducting research on racial disparities in health. The grant is the largest in the university’s history. The grant will allow the university to recruit between five and seven new tenure-track faculty members in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and other health-related fields.

The College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences at historically black Tennessee State University in Nashville, received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for programs to enhance the university’s teaching, research, and extension programs in food and agricultural sciences.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a historically black educational institution in Princess Anne, is participating with six partner institutions in a $15 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The grant will continue support for the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center through 2016. The center conducts research in aquaculture, fisheries science, and other marine sciences and aims to increase the number of minorities in these fields. Partner institutions include three other historically black institutions: Delaware State University, Savannah State University, and Hampton University.

The College of Pharmacy at Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study that will use a nanotechnology platform to deliver antiretroviral drugs to sites in the body where the HIV virus persists despite drug therapy. The principal investigator on the project is Emmanuel O. Akala, a professor of pharmaceutics at Howard.

The nonprofit Harlem’s Children’s Zone received a $250,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation for a program to prepare 1,000 high school students in Harlem for college.


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