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Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute awards grants

Purdue researchers who are working on challenging issues are receiving a financial boost.

The university’s Global Policy Research Institute has given $180,000 to six teams.

Managing Director Angela Phillips Diaz says four projects will receive $40,000 each, while two were awarded $10,000 apiece.

"We're very excited about the scope and the quality of the proposals, and have high hopes these projects will go onto have a real impact.”

She says the six recipients were narrowed down from a field of 33 who applied in September. Some of the work receiving funds focus on drought in East African, solar photovoltaics, and sustainable biofuels production.

Diaz hopes the awards will help the researchers secure future funding.

"It actually helps position our faculty teams to leverage other resource opportunities, or position them to be competitive in applying for other major agency or foundation grants.”

The disciplines represented include mechanical engineering, agricultural economics, and aeronautics and astronautics.