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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2024) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the first-ever Accelerating Research Translation (ART) investment in which the University of Kentucky will partner with George Mason University (GMU) to advance societal and economic impact of research by strengthening the infrastructure for scaling translational activities.

As part of NSF’s ART, more than $100 million will be invested in teams at academic institutions across the country to help accelerate the pace and scale of translational research to grow the nation’s economy.

Each ART awardee institution will benefit from having a partnership with a mentoring institution of higher education that already has a robust ecosystem for translational research. UK will serve as a mentor to GMU throughout their project titled “ART: Translating Research to Practice to Create Climate-Ready Communities Across Virginia.”

“We are honored to take part in this unique, collaborative opportunity through the NSF’s Accelerating Research Translational investment,” said Lisa Cassis, UK vice president for research. “UK is ready to use our depth of experience and resources to guide and support George Mason University throughout this critically important work. We look forward to translating science together to better our Commonwealths.”

“Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent in Virginia, impacting communities across the state. This investment from the NSF positions our researchers to make an impact on the people of Virginia,” said Leah Nichols, executive director of GMU’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth. “We appreciate UK’s innovative and integrative approaches to translational research and believe our institutions’ directions on climate-related research are highly compatible.”

“I am thrilled to lead this opportunity for UK to collaborate with George Mason University as a mentor for their NSF ART grant and leverage our collective expertise to drive climate-related innovation in our communities,” said Taunya Phillips, director of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), who will lead GMU mentorship.


Full story: UK to partner with George Mason University in first-of-its-kind award from NSF | UKNow

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