NASA makes big research investments at several universities to boost STEM diversity (subscription)

By: | August 17, 2021

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced it will be funding research projects – totaling about $18 million – at several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The new investments at more than a dozen institutions will support research addressing three of the agency’s top priorities: understanding and monitoring global ocean health, returning humans to the Moon through the Artemis program, and helping build a more inclusive workforce. It will also give a big boost to STEM diversification.

The funding is part of the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), administered through NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. The $18 million in competitive awards will enable the institutions to tackle some of NASA’s most pressing challenges while simultaneously increasing their own research capabilities so they become more competitive for future grants.

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