New York awards $55M in research, education grants

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in Syracuse and New Paltz. The funding awards are part of the state's SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program.

The winning initiatives include the $20 million SUNY Water Research and Education center at Onondaga Lake, where scientists will monitor water quality and the lake's ecosystem; and the $10 million Engineering Innovation Hub at SUNY New Paltz, which will provide resources for advanced manufacturing education and research.

The other groups that won funds are a business incubator in Binghamton, a manufacturing workforce development program in the North Country, and a nanotechnology degree program at Erie County Community College.

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