Davis Applauds NSF Coronavirus Rapid Research Grants to U of I
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today applauded that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $682,662 to five COVID-19 related research projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). These grants are part of NSF's Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, which enable the agency to quickly process and award research that addresses an urgent need like COVID-19. Three of the grants specifically are aimed at shortening the amount of time it takes to process COVID-19 tests. The funding is part of the CARES Act that Congressman Davis voted for and President Trump signed into law in March.
“These NSF awards are being put into action quickly by the University of Illinois for important coronavirus research to decrease test result times,” Davis said. “Testing is a key component to getting America reopened. We've taken great strides to increase testing capacity and with NSF-sponsored research like this that process will only improve going forward."
"I’m incredibly proud of how members of the Urbana research community have stepped up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, launching countless initiatives to explore new ways to treat, analyze, and cope with the virus," said Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "These NSF RAPID program grants are a great example of our leadership in advancing virus testing methods.”
Project Details from UIUC: HOLONYAK LAB FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE THREE NSF RAPID GRANTS TO DEVELOP QUICKER TEST FOR COVID-19
Grant Award Abstracts from NSF:
1. RAPID: Developing a novel biosensor for rapid, direct and selective detection of COVID-19 using DNA aptamer-nanopore