Princeton University is partnering with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and historically Black colleges and universities to launch a groundbreaking program designed to enable research collaborations between Princeton faculty and their peers at HBCUs.
In May 2022, Princeton University partnered with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and five historically Black colleges and universities to launch a groundbreaking program designed to enable research collaborations between Princeton faculty and their peers at Howard University, Jackson State University (JSU), Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), Spelman College and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).
Princeton University is funding these research collaborations through the Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI).
In November 2022, the University announced the first ten projects funded through the program. Each of the collaborations is co-led by a team of researchers from Princeton and one of the five HBCU partnering institutions. Spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering, the projects take up some of the most difficult challenges of our day, from cybersecurity to climate change to public health and the social safety net. The projects also draw on the diverse expertise and perspectives of the research teams, pairing academics from different disciplines.
The second round of projects will be selected by and commence on July 1, 2023.
The Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations is managing this program.
PACRI is one of several initiatives by Princeton’s Office of the Dean for Research aimed at expanding a more inclusive research, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at Princeton and beyond.
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