University of Texas-Austin Receives $50M+ from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
$56M grant will be spread across 14 schools to support university-based research
The funds will be distributed amongst several research projects with various focus areas, including energy sources and storage devices, environmental issues, biomedical applications, and new materials. The grant was funded by three federal agencies: the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Institutes of Health. All the DOE funding of $15 million will go towards building a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), which will focus on studying the molecular processes that form the foundation for advanced nanomaterials for energy applications, such as solar energy and batteries. Other projects to receive a relatively large amount of the grant money include the Texas Advanced Computing Center and a project focused on studying the influenza A virus.