Brown Announces More Than $1.9 Million for Stem Research at Central Ohio Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five grants totaling $1,936,671 to two universities in Ohio to fund research training opportunities and increase participation in STEM fields.

“Research in science and technology is critical to create jobs and improve our economy. We unleash more American innovation when everyone is able to participate and we nurture all Ohio talent,” Brown said. “These awards will help Ohio’s great institutions of higher education advance our knowledge and continue Ohio’s leadership in innovation.”

Funding from NSF includes:

  • $1,041,417 grant to The Ohio State University to study how bacteria can be re-engineered for practical purposes such as mitigating climate change or killing cancer cells.
  • $49,994 grant to The Ohio State University to support a two-day forum for the U.S. Quantum Information, Science, Engineering, and Technology (QISET) community to discuss current scientific advancements and challenges and how to overcome these challenges.
  • $630,748 grant to The Ohio State University to fund research on spinal cells which seeks to better understand spinal diseases and to develop new potential treatments for low back pain.
  • $20,000 grant to The Ohio State University to fund the Center for Industrial Metal Forming which will partner with universities across the country to perform cutting-edge research in metal forming science and to create the next generation of metal industry experts.
  • $194,512 grant to Denison University to investigate how natural and human-driven disturbances affect the growth, reproduction, mortality, and movement of different species.

Brown has cosponsored the Supporting Early Career Researchers Act to establish a two-year pilot program at NSF to award grants to highly qualified, early-career investigators at independent, higher education research institutions for up to two years. This will help prevent research talent loss due to job market disruptions caused by the pandemic.

NSF supports research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.