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NIST awards $55.5 million for university research facilities.

Press Release Summary:

Jul 31, 2009 - NIST has awarded grants to 4 universities to provide cost-shared support for construction of scientific research facilities. Awards include $15 million to University of Miami for Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building; $14.4 million to Auburn University for Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce; $11.1 million to Rice University for Brockman Hall for Physics; and $15 million to University of North Carolina Wilmington for Marine Biotechnology facility.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

NIST Awards $55.5 Million for New University Research Facilities

Press release date: Jul 28, 2009

On July 20, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the award of new grants totaling more than $55.5 million to four universities to provide cost-shared support for the construction of new scientific research facilities.

The cost-shared awards include:
$15 million to the University of Miami (Miami, Fla.) for a Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building, matched by $28.8 million;
$14.4 million to Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.) for a Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, matched by an equal amount;
$11.1 million to the Rice University (Houston, Texas) for the new Brockman Hall for Physics, matched by $33.4 million; and
$15 million to the University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.) for a new facility for the Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) program, matched by an equal amount.

The new research buildings will provide state-of-the-art laboratory facilities supporting academic research across a broad range of topics affecting the missions of the research agencies of the Department of Commerce, including fundamental physics research, nanotechnology, aquaculture and marine ecology.

Funding for the new grants was provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For additional information on the grants and details of the four projects, see the news release, "NIST Awards $55.5 Million in Grants for New University Research Facilities."