Science Appropriator Rep. Fattah Announces $1.6 Million in New Research Grants for Penn

Feb 27, 2013, 14:09 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), the leading Democratic Appropriator for the National Science Foundation and for scientific research, announced today that the University of Pennsylvania will receive $1,663,281 in six new research grants.

The grants for Penn released today include three from the National Science Foundation for $1,106,570 and three from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $556,711.

The National Science Foundation earlier this month granted an additional $621,926 for five other projects at Penn, Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences– a total of $2,285,207 for these Philadelphia institutions in February.

"Philadelphia, and especially the University City academic-research district, is a hothouse for cutting edge studies in neuroscience, other medical fields and the advancement of scientific/technical knowledge," Fattah said. "I will fight to keep these resources flowing to Penn and other Philadelphia institutions of knowledge."

The earlier NSF grants were $126,153 in one grant for Penn, $327,154 in three grants for Drexel – including a robotics study -- and $168,619 for the Academy of Natural Sciences to study changes in the morphology of salt marshes due to Hurricane Sandy.

Fattah is Ranking Member (lead Democrat) at the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which includes funding oversight for the National Science Foundation as well as NASA, the National Weather Service and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

For more information on individual projects via the NSF Award Abstracts database, link to . For more on the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative see

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah