June 17, 2024

Whitehouse Highlights $3.75 Million in Federal Funding to Grow URI’s Blue Economy Initiatives

Narragansett, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined University of Rhode Island (URI) President Marc Parlange to celebrate $3.75 million in federal funding Whitehouse secured to grow URI’s Blue Economy initiatives.

“Rhode Island’s location, access to talent, and world-class institutions like URI have positioned our state well to be a leader in the Blue Economy,” said Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  “I secured this federal funding to grow the Blue Economy initiatives at Rhode Island’s flagship university, boost local coastal resiliency efforts, and help keep Rhode Island on the leading edge of ocean economy entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Whitehouse secured a $1.5 million earmark in FY2022 to support the build out of the Blue Economy initiatives at URI’s Ocean Technology Center in Narragansett.  The Senator secured an additional $2.25 million earmark in FY2023 to expand coastal resiliency and blue economy programming at the Center.  With this funding, URI will launch a statewide initiative to support Rhode Island’s coastal municipalities through technical assistance, partnership building, and research, as well as train a climate-ready workforce to help position the Ocean State as a global leader in coastal resilience and mitigation efforts.

“We are grateful for Sen. Whitehouse’s continued support of URI and the Narragansett Bay Campus. With this critical federal funding, URI will enhance our work in the blue economy and coastal resilience through important research and educational programming,” said Marc B. Parlange, President of the University of Rhode Island. “As the state’s flagship public research university, URI will continue to train a climate-ready workforce, provide resources to local communities, and accelerate the blue economy for the state of Rhode Island.”

In addition to being a center of teaching and research, URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus is home to a robust community of academic centers, state and federal agencies, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, and private companies.  The pathbreaking work happening at the Bay Campus attracts more than $50 million in research grants each year to the University. Improved facilities such as the Ocean Technology Center will continue to attract research funding, top faculty and students, and serve as a hub for the Blue Economy as well as the creation of new jobs and businesses.

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