Faster funds

The new Center of Excellence in Materials Research and Innovation at the University of Utah is being established and funded for six years by a $12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), $6.5 million for major equipment from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative and $3 million from the University of Utah. The Center will develop new materials for a wide range of uses from faster computers and communications devices to better microscopes and solar cells. Director of the new center Anil Virkar says these coveted NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center grants are obtained only by the nation's best research universities.