WHOI’s Marine Robotics Facility Gets Grant

WHOIWOODS HOLE – Members of the Patrick Administration, Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray (D – Plymouth), and executives from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will be on hand at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution tomorrow to announce a grant that will help support the development of new test facilities for WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics.

Secretary Greg Bialecki of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Senate President Murray, and Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, will be on hand to announce the award, which is aimed at spurring the Commonwealth’s internationally competitive marine robotics sector.

In addition, WHOI executives will be in attendance, including Dr. Susan Avery, President/Director of WHOI; Dr. Larry Madin, WHOI’s Executive Vice President and Director of Research; and Dr. J.G. Bellingham, Director of WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics. Massachusetts companies involved in the marine robotics industry will be represented at the event to help highlight the importance of the new facilities on this growing sector.

The award is part of the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Research Matching Grant Program, a $50 million dollar fund created in the 2012 Jobs Bill and overseen by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The goal of the Collaborative Matching Grant Program is to support large-scale, long-term research projects which have the most potential to spur innovation, cluster development and job growth through industry partnerships in the Commonwealth.

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