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$1.16M E-Nnovation Fund Grant Will Support Neuroscience Research

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland received $1.16 million for an endowed professorship through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund, a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at Maryland colleges and universities, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Friday.

The UMD grant will partially match a $2 million private donation for its Clark Leadership Chair in Neuroscience. Created by an investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, the chair will be held by the director of the new Brain and Behavior Institute and will work to enhance the university’s expertise in the field of neuroscience. “We already have outstanding research and teaching programs in neuroscience, including a new undergraduate major that will launch in Fall 2020,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin. “This new support from the Clark Foundation and the state of Maryland will allow us to build on our existing strengths as we recruit an outstanding leader for the Brain and Behavior Institute.”

The new director will help to bring together neuroscience faculty and researchers across campus and develop closer connections in this area between the College Park campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Universities around Maryland raised more than $6 million in combined private funding for each position, and the Maryland Department of Commerce approved matching grants of more than $4.6 million to support the endowments.

“Our strong commitment to advancing cutting-edge research and technology is just one of the reasons that Maryland consistently ranks as one of the most innovative states in the country,” Hogan said. “Our higher education partners are a wonderful resource to our state’s public, private and nonprofit sectors, and we’re proud to support their efforts to keep Maryland at the forefront of these rapidly changing disciplines.”

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