Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center to assist local firms participating in international importing and exporting.

Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York, has a student body that is 80 percent black.

• The University of Alabama at Birmingham received a $3.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for research on how genetic and environmental factors affect African Americans who are administered an oral blood thinner.

• Howard University, the historically black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $750,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The grant will be used to provide scholarships for nursing students.