URI receives $20-million grant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – URI has received a $20 million federal grant to upgrade research laboratories - the largest single grant in the school's history.

URI Vice President for Research Peter Alphonso says the money will help colleges and universities around the state recruit scientists at the cutting edge of their fields.

"One of the reason that outstanding faculty would come to us is if we can show that we have state of the art laboratories," Alphonso says. "So these laboratories will attract the best faculty and the same could be said to the way we actually recruit graduate students as well."

Alphonso says the grant will focus on climate change and biotechnology research. He believes it will help Rhode Island compete with some of the best facilities in the country including those at Woods Hole Massachusetts and in California and Hawaii.