Science Trust Grants $2.1 Million in Research Funds
SAN JUAN – The search for new forms of diagnosis and therapy for endometriosis, the development of genetic tools to help preserve bees, new methods to mitigate coastal erosion and a remote sensing system to detect the presence of contaminants in water are some of the projects that got funding from the Science, Technology and Research Trust.
The Trust awarded $150,000 each to 14 scientific and technological projects that seek to solve some of the most relevant local and global problems.
Trust Chief Executive Lucy Crespo said the projects were selected from a pool of 45 proposals from the academic sector and nonprofit organizations.
Six of the projects that obtained grants were from the University of Puerto Rico, one from the Central University of the Caribbean and three from the Ponce Health Sciences University. Other projects were from Agro Tropical, Novel Biomedical Devices, Remote Sensing Consultants and iGen Apps.
“With this second installment of grants, we carry proudly part of our mission to invest, facilitate and steadily increase the ability to advance the economy of the island, supporting the innovation ecosystem and the base of science and technology. In the Trust, we seek to retain Puerto Rican researchers and attract scientists from around the world, and this program is an important step to achieve it,” Crespo said in a statement Friday.