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Congressman Gonzalez Announces Almost $500,000 in National Science Foundation Funds To UTRGV

August 3, 2017
Press Release

EDINBURG, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. The University’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization (CIC) will house the site and Dr. Mark Kroll will serve as the site’s director.

The funding will connect students and faculty from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship (VCOBE), ultimately giving them the tools they need to transition their technology concepts into the marketplace.  

“Each day we see more and more technological advancements, and we need South Texans to be a part of that innovation," Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said. "This grant affords UTRGV students the chance to contribute and innovate, helping grow our region’s cross-border trade and commerce.”

The NSF I-Corps program empowers and prepares STEM students to enter the workforce and understand the commercial applications of their research. The I-Corps National Innovation Network connects innovators from across the country, maximizing the economic and societal benefits of NSF funded research that is moving towards commercialization.

President of UTRGV, Guy Bailey, shared his enthusiasm about the program and the NSF funding.

“One of our core priorities is to conduct research that impacts the Rio Grande Valley and beyond, and this grant will allow us to work directly with the community to commercialize new innovations,” UTRGV President Guy Bailey said. “I would like to thank Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, our Congressional delegation, the National Science Foundation, and all UTRGV staff members who played a role in obtaining this grant.”

NSF I-Corps Sites like the one at UTRGV foster local innovation and entrepreneurship, especially among minority and female students that are normally underrepresented in STEM fields.