FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2005

Schumer Announces Over $99,000 Coming To Binghamton University

Federal funds will be used for research project in the Department of Biological Sciences

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that The Research Foundation of the Binghamton University will receive $99,998 from the United States Department of Agriculture as part of its National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP). The grant will fund a project entitled “Organic Matter Controls the Assimilation and Retention of Inorganic Nitrogen in Forest Soils.”

“Improving science for our farmers is key to their success,” said Schumer. “This funding will help this project shed new, vital light on the field of agriculture and keep Binghamton University at the forefront of agricultural research.”

The Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit educational corporation that administers externally funded contracts and grants for and on behalf of the State University of New York. Since its establishment in 1951, the Research Foundation has facilitated research, education, and public service at 30 state-operated SUNY locations. The Foundation carries out its responsibilities pursuant to a 1977 agreement with the University.

The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agro-forestry, aquaculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Providing this support requires that NRI advance fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinate opportunities to build on these discoveries. Building on these discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions. In FY 2005, the NRI Program will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects. Application due dates vary by program. See the list of due dates at the end of the FY 2005 NRI Request for Applications (RFA).

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