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Tonko Heralds $500K in Science Grants Awarded to Capital Region

NSF grants fund cutting-edge research at Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and UAlbany

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Washington, July 9, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and SUNY Albany grants for a combined total of $501,937.

Union College will receive $249,984 from the NSF’s IPP, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, to develop sustainable, eco-friendly materials that will reduce automobile emitted pollution. This specific grant also includes funding to create a research and entrepreneurship curriculum for undergraduate students of all backgrounds. RPI will receive $245,500 by NSF’s same IPP division to develop efficient, low-cost lithium batteries for safe energy storage. UAlbany will receive $6,953 from NSF’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences to research “lifestyle savings and retirement planning.”

“Our Capital Region is a major hub of research and innovation that continues to deliver incredible scientific value to the people and businesses of our state and nation,” applauded Tonko. “America’s National Science Foundation is a major driver of these kinds of scientific breakthroughs including grant awards that drive innovation and improve quality of life in our own communities, which is one of the reasons I fought to fund it in the coming fiscal year. All three of these projects offer great potential to support economic growth and security, create sustainable products that advance our region’s scientific leadership and green our world, and engage students to bring bright, diverse minds to the STEM fields. Congratulations to the scientists, students and all who have supported them at Union, RPI, and UAlbany.”

The NSF was created in 1950 by Congress as an independent federal agency and works to spark cutting edge technologies in physics, mathematics, cybersecurity, neuroscience, and STEM education. They are currently responsible for funding 24% of all federally backed research at national colleges and universities. 

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