Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a $364,717 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, to develop polymeric scaffolds for bone/tissue regeneration that would be used to help wounded soldiers. The scaffolds are designed to provide an environment conducive to cell growth which helps expedite the tissue regeneration process.

Emory University’s Neil Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of health literacy on medication compliance among African Americans with HIV/AIDS.

Historically Black Virginia State University received a $84,000 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation that will provide scholarships for students participating in study abroad programs in China. The first group of three students in the program is spending the current semester in Shanghai.

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a $400,000 grant from the Welfare Foundation that will be used to help fund renovations in laboratories at the university’s Mishoe Science Center.

Historically Black Texas Southern University received a three-year, $600,000 grant from NASA for a research project on structural failure analysis in spacecraft as well as the toxicity of microorganisms in space.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received three grants totaling $3.5 million from the Army Research Office. The three grant programs are:

Computational Modeling and Enabling Technologies for Nano and Bio Systems and Interfaces ($1.2 million)

• Nano to Continuum Multi-Scale Modeling of Cementitious Materials under Dynamic Loading ($1.8 million)

• A Study of Gallium Arsenide Antimonide Nanowires by Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Near Infrared Applications ($563,497)

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