August 21, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million In Federal Funds For University At Buffalo

Federal Investment Awarded Through National Science Foundation Will Be Used For High Energy Physics Research

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,450,000 in federal funding for University at Buffalo. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Specifically, the funding will be put towards the Compact Muon Solenoid (CHS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in order to search for new particles, carry out precision measurements of Standard Model (SM) processes, and study the decay of Higgs bosons.

“SUNY Buffalo is a world-class institution that excels in education and innovation. This federal funding will supercharge the groundbreaking high-energy physics research happening at the University at Buffalo’s Large Hadron Collider,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight to deliver federal resources that invest in our students, institutions and communities.”

“Students and professors at SUNY Buffalo are conducting important, cutting-edge research in high-energy physics, and I’m very pleased that this outstanding program is now going to receive these federal funds,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am always proud to fight in the Senate to support scientific research, and I will keep doing everything I can to make sure New York’s researchers and students have the resources they need to thrive.”

In addition to supporting world-class research, this funding will foster collaboration with local high school students and teachers through the QuarkNet and Science Olympiad outreach efforts. The federal funding will also help support female participation in STEM disciplines through SUNY Buffalo’s Women in Science and Engineering initiative.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.