JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Scientists across the Natural State are excited after receiving a huge grant.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Division of Science and Technology has received a $20,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The money will be used for the Arkansas Advancing and Supporting Science, Engineering and Technology project.
The project is a multi-institutional program with research areas that impact education, workforce, cyber-infrastructure and engineering research.
Malathi Srivatsan is a professor of neuroscience at Arkansas State.
She said graduate assistant students at Arkansas State will have the opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge research and she'll be able to exchange information with coworkers in other fields.
"We are able to put our ideas and expertise together, learn from each other so that we can make engineering and technology work for biology," Professor Srivatsan said.
The money from the National Science Foundation will be distributed to 10 colleges and universities in Arkansas over a five-year period.
Arkansas State will receive $1,000,000 of those funds.
The other schools receiving the money are:
- Ouachita Baptist University
- Philander Smith University
- Southern Arkansas University
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- University of Arkansas for Medical Science
- University of Arkansas at Monticello
- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
- University of Central Arkansas
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