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PA hands out $2M in research grants and builds links to manufacturers


By David Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative has awarded 29 grants totaling $2 million in an effort to bring together government, industry and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

Penn State was awarded five grants, shepherded through its Corporate Engagement Center and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), which both promoted the program and matched manufacturing partners with faculty and students across the university.

“We are thrilled to see these funded research projects and relationships established between Pennsylvania manufacturers and Penn State,” said Tanna Pugh, PennTAP director and PA Manufacturing program lead for Penn State. “This program provides opportunities for leading university researchers and students to build relationships in the manufacturing industry, and to push forward innovative research that will have a real-world impact.”

The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program, which unites eligible graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide.

The approved projects address innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, from medical, to energy, to consumer goods. Readers can view the complete list of 29 projects, including funding amounts and manufacturing partners, by clicking here.

Source: Penn State News

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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