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Thursday, January 20, 2022

UF biggest recipient of $10 million joint award

UF is the biggest recipient of a $10 million joint award to the state university system.

The $2.45 million share of the award, announced Monday, is part of the 2010 New Florida Initiative.

The initiative is a collaborative effort — along with business and government — to aid Florida’s economy and create high-technology and high-wage jobs.

All 11 state universities pitched more than 93 proposals for the initiative’s awards, and 31 were selected by the Board of Governors of the State University System.

UF President Bernie Machen said the program is an example of what can happen when you pool the best research skills and focus them on a challenge.

“The people of Florida will benefit greatly from this partnership with FSU through improved health care and a stronger economy,” Machen said.

UF is also involved with programs involving climate change, expansion of Internet infrastructure and biomedical engineering.

The money was given to the Board of Governors by the state legislature, and the funds will produce a series of demonstration projects that show a high return on investment, so the projects can continue into next year.

Board Chairwoman Ava Parker said this is the best way to leverage not just the best current and future academic scholars, but nationally renowned facilities and university resources, as well.

As part of its standard overall yearly budget request, the board has asked the Legislature for $150 million for next year, which would be the second year of the New Florida Initiative.

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