University of Dayton receiving federal grant money from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded four grants totaling at least $1.8 million to two Southwest Ohio colleges, according to Senator Sherrod Brown.

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The colleges are the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati.

The grant money will fund critical scientific research projects and to increase participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, the release said.

“Scientific research is critical for creating jobs and improving our economy,” Brown said. “The University of Cincinnati and University of Dayton are some of Ohio’s great institutions of higher education. This award will help them advance our knowledge and continue Ohio’s leadership in innovation.”

Funding from NSF includes:

  • $800,366 grant to the University of Cincinnati to address how the universe began through observing the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

  • $499,999 grant to the University of Cincinnati to fund graduate level education to improve public engagement with science.

  • $249,303 grant to the University of Cincinnati to explore and address negative mental health experiences of minorities in engineering and to promote racial equity in the discipline.

  • $338,076 grant to the University of Dayton to develop handheld sensors that will assist with cancer diagnostics, infectious disease and opioid diagnostics, and environmental pollution monitoring.