In an effort to create or sustain jobs, 146 grants totaling $1 billion will be distributed to research institutions in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
$1 billion in stimulus grants announced
Funding for the grants is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus law, and the grants will be administered by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Research Resources.
The three largest grants were for $15 million, and they were awarded to the University of Colorado at Boulder; George Washington University in the District of Columbia; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. There were 23 grants awarded that were worth between $15 million and $14 million. President Barack Obama's former employer, the University of Chicago, received a grant of just under $3.38 million to build “a suitable environment” for investigating “biomedical processes and clinical tools for the detection of disease.”
According to an HHS news release, the grants are part of a $100 billion investment the federal government is making in science and technology. Also, many of the construction grants require the use of strategies for energy efficiency and “minimized use of compounds that delete the ozone,” the release said.
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