Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
The University of Illinois is leading a five-year, $25 million grant project financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development that will work to improve soybean yields in five African nations. The research will focus on increasing the food supply in the nations of Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, and Ethiopia.
Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia received a $248,300 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the educational institution’s Rural Sustainable 4-H Technology and Obesity Prevention Project.
The College of Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane received a three-year, $1,041,000 grant from the Heath Resources Service Administration for programs to increase diversity in the nursing workforce.
North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, received a $1.16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for programs to train professionals to work with visually impaired individuals. Under the grant program, students will receive full tuition and a stipend. For each year their education is supported, the students must pledge to spend two years working with visually impaired school-age children following graduation.
The University of California at Davis received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development for genetic research aimed at breeding chickens that can withstand the heat of sub-Saharan Africa and be resistant to infectious diseases common in poultry in Africa.
Historically Black Dillard University in New Orleans has received a $243,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs to help residents of public housing connect with available government services.