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MA - UMass Dartmouth Announces $4.2M Grant From U.S. Navy to Fund New Marine Technology Research Projects

UMass Dartmouth recently announced a $4.2 million grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to fund new research projects through the Marine and UnderSea Technology research program (MUST) in partnership with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWC).

This latest award follows a $4.6M grant from the Office of Naval Research in February 2020 — the largest research award in the university’s history, a press release from the school stated.

The full announcement event can be seen here.

This second award from the United States Navy will create new opportunities for regional collaborations across academia, industry, and the military. New projects look to address problems of naval relevance in the areas of batteries, acoustics, modeling of ocean dynamics, biofouling, composite materials, autonomy, machine learning, and marine robotics. The grant will be administered by the Marine and UnderSea Technology research program (MUST), which was formed to address the needs of the Navy and the defense industry by developing innovative faculty research and a pipeline of highly trained workers.

“With this latest award from the U.S. Navy, UMass Dartmouth has once again proven its leadership in research and development for the marine technology sector. I am proud that our faculty use their research expertise to foster regional industry collaborations that continuously build a blue economy business and innovation ecosystem,” said UMass Dartmouth Acting Chancellor Mark Preble.

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