Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Congressmen William Keating and Michael Capuano, today announced that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will receive a total of $3,107,388 from the U.S. Department of Commerce that will be used for their individual Sea Grant programs.
The Sea Grant program supports research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation's coastal and ocean resources throughout Massachusetts.
"This investment boosts cutting edge research and innovation to protect our coastal waters and surrounding environments," said Sen. Kerry.
"I'm glad that Woods Hole and MIT received these grants to continue their very important research and education projects focused on keeping our oceans clean and protected," said Sen. Brown
"If there is one vehicle that will help put our economy back on track, it is investments in science and education. In today's age of economic uncertainty and budget constraints, it seems that even the most common-sense of priorities are not safe from the chopping block. I applaud the Commerce Department for maintaining these priorities and providing WHOI and MIT with this well-deserved funding," said Rep. Keating.
"These funds will help support grants for research on healthy coastal ecosystems and sustainable communities as well as educational programs targeting elementary and high school teachers. Massachusetts has miles of beautiful coastline, which is an important environmental and economic resource," said Rep. Capuano.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, dedicated to the study of all aspects of marine science and engineering and to the education of marine researchers. Established in 1930, it is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., with staff and students numbering about 1,000.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the first institution of higher learning to be appointed a Sea Grant College in 1970. Their program's research focuses on technology and healthy coastal ecosystems with additional projects that address fisheries and sustainable communities and education programs for K-12 teachers.