Marshall University Receives Grant for Internet2

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Marshall University has announced that it is one of the recipients of a new NSF grant headed to West Virginia.  The West Virginia’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) received  a $1,176,470 grant is aimed at enhancing the cyberinfrastructure across the state.  As a part of the announcement from U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, Marshall will receive $525,874 from the grant to enable inter-campus Internet2 access for the state’s predominantly undergraduate institutions, community and technical colleges, and the K-12 community.

This vital funding will allow Marshall University to establish the mechanisms that will help our partners and collaborators strategically position themselves to join us in cutting-edge opportunities not currently available on the commercial Internet,” said Dr. Jan Fox, Marshall’s senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “These enhanced capabilities will have particular significance not only for expanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, research initiatives and clinical outreach, but also will bring significant economic development opportunities to the region.”

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community.  The grant was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. West Virginia EPSCoR is directed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).  For more info, read their full release here.