Collins, King Announce Nearly $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Bowdoin

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $597,805 grant to Bowdoin College.  The grant is a continuing award for a research project titled, “RUI: Cell Wall Associated Kinases As Pectin Receptors.”  Bowdoin has just received $298,558 from the NSF, with the balance of the $597,805 total to follow upon renewal of the grant. This initiative seeks to enhance scientists’ understanding of a key factor in the growth of plants.  The abstract for the project can be found HERE.

“This grant will provide Bowdoin’s skilled researchers and students with the opportunity to study a significant aspect of plants’ development,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Maine’s colleges and universities are leaders in cutting-edge research, and funding for these projects helps train the next generation of researchers and promote scientific breakthroughs.”

The NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery in order to provide a foundation for economic growth in America.  Founded in 1950 by an act of Congress, the NSF is an independent federal agency that works to advance the frontiers of science and engineering so that our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address current and future challenges.