February 24, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce $800K for WVU Scientific Research and Education Programs

Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support research, innovation and discovery in the fields of environmental engineering and health chemistry

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $800,000 to West Virginia University from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research and education programs in the environmental engineering and health chemistry fields. These grants will allow the University to continue making advancements in science and engineering and developing the knowledge and cutting edge technologies necessary to grow the state’s economy and address our challenges.

“In order to grow our economy, create jobs for the future and attract the best and brightest students to West Virginia, it is critical that we invest in research and development at our colleges and universities,” Senator Manchin said. “Our scientific research teams at West Virginia University are the best of the best, leading the nation in innovation. These grants will help provide WVU with the resources necessary to continue carrying out the kind of advanced research projects that lead to breakthrough scientific discoveries and allow our students to compete with other institutions around the country. This is wonderful news for WVU and for our entire state, and I applaud their leadership and their continuing efforts to excel.”

“Programs like these show exactly why WVU is recognized as one of the top institutions for doctoral research,” said Senator Capito. “This funding has the potential to assist with the discovery of scientific breakthroughs, such as treating Alzheimer’s. It will also encourage undergraduate students to take their scientific training to the next level. I am very pleased to see these grants headed to WVU and look forward to seeing these programs grow the next generation of scientists.”

A total of $300,000 will support the "REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University" project beginning on April 1, 2016. For more information on this project, please click here.

Another $500,000 will support the "CAREER: An Integrated Research and Education Program to Advance Pathogen Detection and Quantitation” project beginning on March 1, 2016.  For more information on this project, please click here.