The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $12.5 million grant, 5-year grant, to the University of Maryland Eastern Shores and five other universities to conduct research into aquatic sciences to habitat restoration.
It is the second multimillion, five-year grant that NOAA offered the research teams since 2001. The research began six years ago in the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center at UMES.
"I am extremely pleased with this significant infusion of federal funds by NOAA to UMES," said Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., a strong supporter of the Marine Science Center. "UMES has earned a national reputation for its programs in marine-related sciences and is uniquely qualified to continue its strong educational and research initiatives in marine sciences."
The other universities that are involved are Delaware State University, Hampton University, Savannah State University, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute Center of Marine Biotechnology and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
LMRCSC will continue to generate the diverse students in marine sciences that NOAA and other related agencies desire to have a multicultural work force, said UMES President Thelma B. Thompson.
The NOAA grant also funds the students who are working on the research teams.