Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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

Historically Black Florida A&M University received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Florida Department of Education to implement an interdisciplinary training program to prepare graduate students to work with children with disabilities. Trainees will develop in-depth knowledge and skills in evidence-based assessment and instructional approaches for children with high-intensity needs, interdisciplinary collaboration, and cultural responsiveness.

Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a $1,650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study cybersecurity for additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. Students will be able to use virtual reality to visualize how cyberattacks on digital 3D printer files can cause changes that might not otherwise be detected without monitoring every layer during the printing process. The project is under the direction of Karen Crosby, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Southern University.

Rutgers University in New Jersey is the lead institution in a three-year, $3.6 million grant program funded by the National Institutes of Health that aims to increase the participation of older adults from underrepresented groups in medical research. The collaborative will bring together researchers and community leaders to help support the recruitment and retention of minority older adults in studies, particularly those interested in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, mental health, multi-comorbidities, health policy and interactions with health care providers.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a $239,908 grant from the U.S. Army to develop and build a millimeter wave quantum sensing system. The funding will allow researchers to purchase a specialized laser, and several key optical and microwave components, which are at the heart of a quantum sensing system.

Howard University the historically Black educational institution in Washington D.C., received a three-year, $3 million grant from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The grant will fund the establishment of The Partnership for Proactive Cybersecurity Training, a cybersecurity research project based on human biological system-enabled machine learning models.

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