Although President Obama’s visit to the region last week was intended to highlight the successes of a small manufacturing plant in Buffalo, his arrival also presents an opportunity to underscore the success of his administration’s major investment in scientific research at UB.
Since the February 2009 introduction of the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, UB has received 86 federal research awards totaling nearly $31 million. This funding is supporting many innovative UB research projects, ranging from investigating the underlying causes of heart disease to developing nanotechnology therapies for treatment of drug-resistant flu viruses.
Among the total investment, UB faculty members also have received $8.5 million in new instrumentation grants to purchase or develop instruments that enhance their work. These specialized awards allow UB researchers to upgrade the university’s existing research enterprise and open new doors for scientific exploration.