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.
Historically Black Tennessee State University in Nashville received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The grant money will fund research on the development and integration of war-fighting technologies to support air, space, and cyberspace forces within the Department of Defense.
North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black university in Greensboro, received a $247,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop online tools to help students in economics classes improve their mathematics skills.
Wayne State University in Detroit received a $684,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a study to determine why there is a major racial disparity in prostate cancer.
Washington University in St. Louis is the recipient of a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance racial diversity in its Ph.D. program in the biomedical sciences.
Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland received a three-year, $399,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a plant science program and to buy laboratory equipment for research in the field. The grant program is under the direction of Anne Osano, an assistant professor of biology at Bowie State.
Florida International University in Miami received a $1 million donation from alumnus Gerald C. Grant Jr. to funded an endowed scholarship program for undergraduate students in the university’s College of Business. The grant is the largest ever made to the university by an African American alumnus. Grant is the director of financial planning in the South Florida branch of AXA Advisors. He is the author of the book Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth (G&G Enterprises, 2010).
The University of Alabama received a five-year, $573,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study examining racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care at the regional, county, and state levels.