WMU issues grants for COVID-19 research

The university is funding projects that will expand our knowledge of how to deal with a pandemic.

Western Michigan University announced more than $30,000 in grants for five projects studying national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant process considered projects proposed by WMU faculty. Money comes from the university’s Meader Presidential Endowment, which is restricted to projects “promoting excellence at WMU.”

“The awards are not designed to be an exhaustive list of pandemic-related research at the University, rather a spark to ignite new ideas,” according to a press release.

The five projects cover varied subjects. One project looks into what factors are involved in announcing shelter-in-place orders. Another investigates education systems’ moves to online learning during the shutdown.

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“Our guiding principle was to advance excellence in the pursuit of knowledge and ideas to help tackle COVID-19-related issues,” said Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy, vice president for research and innovation in a press release. “We think it’s going to be a major contribution from Western Michigan University to the nation’s response.”

You can read the full details of all five projects here.

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