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UMass Lowell Awarded Fed Grant

By From the Lowell Sun

By Jack Minch

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell and the not-for-profit Northeast Radio Observatory Corp. in Westford are the recipients of combined grants worth $832,663.

The announcement was made yesterday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's office.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is awarding UMass Lowell a $224,998 grant toward a program called Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution, under the direction of Beryl Rosenthal.

The NEH is giving 15 institutions and organizations around the state, including UMass Lowell, a combined $3.95 million.

"I commend these institutions and organizations for their leadership in expanding the availability of humanities programs that enrich the culture of our commonwealth," Kennedy said in a statement.

The NEH is an independent arm of the federal government that provides funding through grants for the humanities to perform research, educate, and present public programming.

The National Science Foundation is giving Northeast Radio Observatory Corp. a $607,665 grant for its program MRI: Acquisition of an Archive for the Murchison Widefield Array, under the direction of Jacqueline Hewitt.

The foundation is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $6 billion. It provides about 20 percent of all federal funding for research by colleges and universities in the country.

The foundation is providing 24 grants worth $13.2 million to 11 research centers in the state, Kennedy's office said.