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Federal funds go to projects across state

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced resources from several federal agencies for projects that will bolster health services, economic development, infrastructure, academic and defense research, park improvement efforts and energy projects across West Virginia.

Grants came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Highway Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, among other agencies.

“From cancer detection to primary care, I was excited to secure resources from HHS that will bolster the health care infrastructure in West Virginia,” Capito said. “Through my position as the top Republican on the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, I am able to advocate for our state’s needs and bring funding to support projects that will help West Virginians access the medical care they need.”

Funding is also coming from the U.S. Department of Energy for research that will help support the development of the domestic hydrogen industry at West Virginia University through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and other energy innovation resources.

“As a lead negotiator of the IIJA, I knew that WVU would play a critical role in the energy innovation of the future and I am excited to see them taking on this challenge in hydrogen production,” Capito said. “These projects will support advancements in energy and I look forward to seeing the results from researchers at WVU and other research leaders in Morgantown.”

Funding for the area

  • $400,000 in HHS National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research Grant funding to Sostos LLC, in Morgantown, for cancer detection and diagnosis research.
  • $228,000 in National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funding to WVU for validation of a military burn pit surrogate generator and aerosol exposure system.
  • $54,711 in National Institute of General Medical Sciences funding to WVU for Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry Research.
  • $9,300,000 in IIJA funding for WVU for developing a microwave-assisted heating process for continuous sintering of solid oxide electrolyzer cells, with the goal to decrease processing time and save energy compared to conventional sintering technologies.
  • $4,500,000 in IIJA for WVU for increasing the technology readiness level of proton-conducting solid oxide electrolyzer systems by simultaneously addressing the major fundamental barriers to higher-performance cells while increasing cell size and manufacturing scalability.
  • $6,700,000 in IIJA for WVU in partnership with the University of Maryland for developing a continuous manufacturing process for solid oxide electrolyzer cells.
  • $150,000 in DOE funding for U.S. Research Impact Alliance Corp., in Morgantown, to develop an entrepreneur in residence program to support inventors.
  • $144,000 DOT FAA AIG Grant funding for Fairmont Muncipal-Frankman Field Airpor.
  • $574,732 NSF grant to WVU to support a project titled, “CAS: Functionalization of Earth-Abundant, Molecular Group 4 Photosensitizers for Photochemical Applications.”
  • $299,999 NSF grant to WVU to support a project titled, “EAGER: Private Blockchain-Enabled Federated Learning Framework for Distributed Manufacturing Networks.”
  • $50,000 NSF grant to WVU to support a project titled, “I-Corps: Translation Potential of a Medical Device for Early Detection of Sleep Apnea.”
  • Up to $600,000 in DOD DEPSCoR funding to WVU to pursue science and engineering research relevant to DOD.