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 Blck Langston University in Oklahoma has been awarded a five-year, $4,375,000 grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to support the university’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC). Corey Moore, the founding chair of the department of rehabilitation and disability studies at Langston University, will serve as principal investigator and director for the grant.

Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research, the Baylor College of Medicine, and UTHealth McGovern Medical School will receive a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine perinatal health disparities in the greater Houston area. While past research has outlined individual-level risk factors for adverse perinatal health outcomes, this research will focus on how neighborhood-level factors may overlap and jointly impact perinatal health outcomes. More specifically, the researchers on the project recognize the overlap of environmental racism, housing segregation, disinvestment, under/over policing, incarceration, subsequent socioeconomic and health disparities, and the common thread of structural racism throughout that may impact perinatal health, including maternal morbidity, preterm births, and low birth weights.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a four-year, $799,947 grant from the Office of Naval Research that will fund research aimed at providing greater safety to military forces in the field. Researchers will explore device, system, and network innovations that provide military expeditionary forces with enhanced situational awareness in warfare environments. This will include autonomous sensing and communication in complex, congested and contested electromagnetic operating environments.


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