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A Dozen HBCUs Receive Grants from the U.S. Department of Defense

The United States Department of Defense has announced the awarding of grants totaling $61.7 million to 82 university researchers at 50 different educational institutions including 12 HBCUs. Individual awards of up to $800,000 will support research projects in defense priority areas. The awardees will conduct four-year research projects in scientific disciplines of critical importance to the Department of Defense, spanning advanced computing, biosciences, quantum sciences, renewable energy generation, and storage, and trusted artificial intelligence and autonomy.

The HBCUs receiving grants are:

Alabama A&M University (2 grants)
Bowie State University
Delaware State University (2 grants)
Fisk University
Florida A&M University (2 grants)
Hampton University
Howard University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Central University (3 grants)
Prairie View A&M University (2 grants)
Tennessee State University
Xavier University

In addition to the 12 HBCUs, many other minority-serving institutions received grants, some of which have large percentages of African Americans in their student bodies.

“Our nation’s HBCUs and MSIs are at the forefront of innovation. This year’s awards continue to support transformative research that enhances our ability to respond to threats and remain technologically superior,” said Evelyn Kent, director of the Department of Defense’s HBCU/MSI Program and Outreach. “By supporting HBCUs and MSIs, we are cultivating a research enterprise that broadens idea sharing while expanding the pool of reliable science, technology, engineering, and mathematic professionals to meet both our mission and our workforce objectives.”

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