NASA Awards Grants for Research Centers At 6 Minority Universities
Around Texas

October, 2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected six
universities that serve large numbers of minority and underrepresented
students to receive research grants totaling nearly $30 million. The funding
will help the universities establish significant, multi-disciplinary
scientific, engineering and commercial research centers that contribute
substantially to NASA programs.


The six universities selected are:

-- California State University in Long Beach for the Center for Human
Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies
-- Delaware State University in Dover for the establishment of a NASA
Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research
-- North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro for the Center
for Aviation Safety
-- North Carolina Central University in Durham for the NASA Center for
Aerospace Device Research and Education
-- University of Texas in Brownsville for the Center for Gravitational
Wave Astronomy
-- University of Texas in El Paso for the Center for Space Exploration
Technology Research

Each university will receive up to $1 million per year for up to five years
based on performance and availability of funds.

These awards provide funding that continues NASA's commitment of achieving a
broad based, competitive aerospace research and technology development
capability among the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and
other minority schools.

Through the NASA Group 5 University Research Center awards program, NASA seeks
to foster new aerospace science and technology concepts and expand the
nation's base for aerospace research and development. The program also aims to
develop mechanisms for increased participation in NASA's research by faculty
and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other
minority universities. The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented
minorities who obtain advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and

NASA's Office of Education funded the awards. The six institutions were
selected from among 35 that submitted proposals. Selections were based on
proposal reviews by scientists and educators from the academic community,
private industry and NASA.

Through this and the agency's other college and university programs, NASA
continues to invest in the nation's education with a focus on developing a
future workforce trained in critical science, technology, engineering and
mathematics skills.

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