• Johns Hopkins University received a five-year, $2.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation for its Partnership for Research and Education in Materials program. The PREM program seeks to increase the number of black and other minority students in the study of nanomaterials, objects less than a billionth of a meter in size. Johns Hopkins scientists will team up with faculty members at Howard University for the project. Undergraduate students at Howard and and at the predominantly black Prince George’s Community College will be encouraged to study nanomaterials.

• Fayetteville State University, the historically black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $222,480 grant from the Cumberland County Partnership for Children. The grant will be used by the School of Education for a preschool program at the university’s Early Childhood Learning Center.

• Xavier University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, received a three-year, $570,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The funds will be used to coordinate volunteer programs for college students to come to New Orleans during their spring break to help with recovery and restoration efforts due to Hurricane Katrina.