August 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce National Science Foundation Awards In West Virginia

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a total of $2,981,528 in awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to West Virginia University Research Corporation and Marshall University Research Corporation. Respectively, these awards will help support efforts to increase the number of students in STEM fields, advance research in gravitational measurement, deepen our understanding of topological quantum matter, and develop an outrigger telescope at Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County.

“The National Science Foundation has been a great partner through projects across the Mountain State and I am pleased they are continuing to invest in programs at Green Bank Observatory, Marshall University, and West Virginia University,” said Senator Manchin. “West Virginia researchers are among the cutting-edge in exploring the outer limits of space and the smallest building blocks of human life, and these projects help West Virginia continue to lead in STEM research and education. As a member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I have always been a strong supporter of increasing our education and research funding, and I will continue to push for funding that helps our programs in West Virginia succeed. I look forward to hearing about the success of each project as they explore our world and outer space.”

“Research happening at our West Virginia institutions goes toe-to-toe with any in the country,” said Senator Capito. “I’m glad that NSF recognizes the potential in the Mountain State, especially at Green Bank, and continues to invest in the capabilities of our students. I applaud the initiative to attract more students—particularly girls—to STEM programs. My West Virginia Girls Rise Up program focuses on this disparity and inspires young girls to fulfill their full potential. I thank NSF for their support in this mission and look forward to the impact of these projects.”  

Individual Awards Listed Below:

·        MRI: Development of a CHIME Outrigger Telescope: West Virginia University Research Corporation – $1,722,469

·        Scholarships and a Project-based Work Studio to Support Undergraduate Student Graduation and Entry into Computer Science, Engineering, and Safety Technology Careers: Marshall University Research Corporation – $990,550.

·        Collaborative Research: Non-Ideal Majorana Fermions: A Practical Approach to Topological Quantum Computation: West Virginia University Research Corporation – $149,992.

·        Collaborative Research: Measuring G with a Magneto-Gravitational Trap: West Virginia University Research Corporation – $118,517.