EDA University Center Competition Grantees Announced

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

2021 University Center Economic Development Program Competition Grantees Announced

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Twenty-five colleges and universities in EDA’s Chicago and Philadelphia Regions will host EDA University Center Economic Development Technical Assistance Programs as grantees of the 2021 EDA University Center Competition, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced today.

(Full press release)

EDA is providing a total of $2.5 million in grants to 25 colleges and universities in 17 states and Puerto Rico to administer programs to leverage their assets, promote innovation and strengthen regional economies.

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Roughly 60 University Centers (UC) are in operation at any given time in states and territories. The UCs are chosen to receive annual EDA grants for five years to support regional economic development ecosystems by providing expertise, applied research, and technical assistance.  The UC competition rotates to different EDA regions each year.

The grantees from EDA’s Chicago Regional Office are:

  • Cleveland State University, $90,000
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, $60,000
  • Michigan State University, $150,000
  • Ohio University/Bowling Green State University, $140,000
  • Purdue University, $98,708 
  • University of Illinois Chicago, $70,000
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, $70,000
  • University of Michigan-Flint, $80,000
  • University of Minnesota, $138,300
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, $150,000
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, $70,000

The grantees from EDA’s Philadelphia Regional Office are:

  • Cornell University, $101,924
  • Hofstra University, $101,923
  • Kean University, $101,923
  • Lehigh University, $75,000
  • Marshall University Research Corporation, $101,923
  • Northeastern University, $101,923
  • Pennsylvania State University, $101,923
  • University of Connecticut, $101,923
  • University of Delaware, $101,923
  • University of Maine System, $101,923
  • University of Maryland at College Park, $101,923
  • University of Puerto Rico, $101,923
  • University of Rhode Island, $101,923
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, $101,923