Albany - The State University of New York
(SUNY) has received 312 awards totaling more than $95 million under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The majority of the awards to
SUNY have come from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National
Science Foundation (NSF).
have been provided to 17 SUNY universities in support of research, education,
training and investments in equipment and infrastructure. Specifically, SUNY
faculty are utilizing stimulus funds to study such diseases as multiple
sclerosis, Alzheimer's, depression, congenital heart disease.
“The use of stimulus funds
for SUNY research projects demonstrates how investing in SUNY pays
tremendous dividends for New York," said Chancellor Nancy L.
Zimpher. “When SUNY has greater resources to innovate in
critical areas like biomedical research, we can attract top talent in
researchers and students and make New York a magnet for the industries and
jobs that need our human capital and technological infrastructure.”
announcement comes on the same day Congress and university leaders across the
country gathered to launch ScienceWorksforUS sponsored by the
Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and The Science Coalition (TSC). The centerpiece of ScienceWorksForUS
will be a website (www.ScienceWorksForUS.org)
that highlights Recovery Act-sponsored research in all 50 states, telling the
stories of the research and the researchers contributing to America’s recovery.
at SUNY colleges and universities produce both immediate and
long-term positive economic impact, and contribute to the nation's efforts
to find solutions to many of the challenges facing the country. Basic research
is the foundation on which the U.S. will improve energy efficiency, reduce
dependence on foreign oil, deploy 21st century technologies, save lives, and
help bring down the cost of health care.
$100 million in research awards that SUNY has received from federal stimulus
funding will translate into entrepreneurial ventures and jobs across the state
of New York,” said James Weyhenmeyer, senior vice provost of research and
economic development at SUNY. “This type of federal investment in New York is a boon for SUNY students and faculty members, and more importantly, for the
vitality of every community in which a SUNY school resides.”
these awards is administered by The Research Foundation of SUNY, a private,
nonprofit educational corporation. The Research Foundation ranks fourth in the
nation for research and development, according to the National Science
Foundation, ahead of the university systems in Wisconsin, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.
related to ARRA spending can be found on the U.S. Government website www.recovery.gov
and a list of SUNY projects can be found here: www.suny.edu/GovtRelations/federal/economic_recovery/ARRAawards.cfm
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