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State research, innovation projects receive boost thanks to $1 million grant

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded three major research entities in the state with a cumulative $1 million grant.

The grant, from the Alabama Research and Development Enhancement Fund, will go towards helping the institutions produce more innovative products and also will help to spur advances in health, medicine, and agriculture.

“Alabama is fortunate to have world caliber research institutions and top-notch scientists who are developing methods and products that will have lasting impacts on lives everywhere,” said Ivey. “I award these grants with praise for the wide-ranging contributions these institutions are making to advance our quality of life.”

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Kenneth Boswell, whose department will be administering the funds, was excited for the recipients to receive the new funding.

“ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey in commending these grant recipients and congratulating them on their past and future accomplishments,” Boswell said.

Those awarded grants were:

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (Huntsville) – $383,268 for a project involving DNA research on trees and how it can assist the Alabama timber industry

Southern Research Institute (Birmingham) – $335,712 to conduct research on a method to treat colorectal cancer

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) – $246,060 – to research ways to improve quality control in the production of line-pipe steel

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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