In SummaryFAMU secured a $30 million federal grant to recruit and train the next generation of minority scientists.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has received a $30 million, five-year federal grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The university will be supporting the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and their mission to find and train the next generation of scientists from under-represented groups.
According to Capital Soup, the NOAA CCME is a NOAA Educational Partnership Program/Minority Serving Institution (EPP/MSI) cooperative science center (CSC). Minority-serving institutions like Bethune-Cookman University, Jackson State University and others are included in the program.
FAMU President Larry Robinson says he is excited to mentor future scientists. “The education, research and outreach done by the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems will help NOAA and coastal communities address current and future challenges,” Robinson said. “Having underrepresented minorities who are experts not only enhances diversity but also ensures that we stay attuned to the needs of our most vulnerable populations as solutions are developed.”
The NOAA CCME’s mission is to recruit, educate and train a new generation of scientists. The grant adds to the goals and objectives of the five-year award that began in 2016.
FAMU Vice President for Research Charles Weatherford says it is hard to overstate the importance of the grant.
“This is FAMU’s largest grant. The Center is a consortium of Minority Serving Institutions and was formed to address issues confronting marine and coastal communities and to help supply a modern talented workforce in relevant NOAA areas of interest,” Weatherford said. “This NOAA grant is representative of the research that is carried out at FAMU and is a showcase for partnerships that address today’s nationally and internationally relevant issues.”
FAMU continues to be the nation’s highest ranked public HBCU, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Top Public Schools, ranking 104th overall.