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Rensselaer Receives More Than  $4.5 Million in Recovery Act Funding�
Rensselaer has received more than $4.8 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

This recovery act funding, granted competitively through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is helping to expand Rensselaer’s research portfolio and advance the Institute’s goal of innovating solutions to the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. To date 19 ARRA grants have been awarded to Rensselaer.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 represents an important opportunity for investment in U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Francine Berman, vice president for research. “Rensselaer faculty and students will use this important funding to increase our understanding of current and future challenges, and create knowledge that can ultimately improve our quality of life.”

“It is critical to invest in our first-rate research institutions like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Investments in cutting-edge research will help us develop the technology we need to save more lives, help more businesses compete and succeed, create new jobs, and rebuild our economy for the 21st century. I will continue working to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

“The Recovery Act funds granted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are a direct result of our need to feed the engine of research and development as we transition to an economy that is based on innovation,” said U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko. “As a nation, we face challenges that demand work by our best and brightest to solve difficult challenges such as creating renewable energy sources to reduce our dependence on imported oil. We want to lead the world in the next round of scientific and technological advancement and I’m proud to say that Rensselaer will be on the front lines of those efforts.”

“The Recovery Act funds granted to Rensselaer are a direct result of our need to feed the engine of research and development as we transition to an economy that is based on innovation,” said U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko.

The ARRA was signed into law in February, and has resulted in the largest increase in basic research funding in American history. The recovery act funding, intended to stimulate the domestic economy and invest in the nation’s scientific and technological prowess, is benefiting a wide variety of academic and research programs at Rensselaer. This funding will result in the advancement of ongoing research programs, the start of new research programs, the hiring of researchers, the support of graduate students, and the purchase of equipment and instruments.

Visit www.rpi.edu/news/arra for a complete list and current total of ARRA funding awarded to Rensselaer. This site also includes information on how to apply for ARRA funds. For general information on the ARRA, visit: www.recovery.gov.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 8, September 11, 2009
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