Four University of Alabama research projects were among 15 such projects at state universities that have received a total of $4 million in grants from the Alabama Innovation Fund.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grants Wednesday at the state’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Hoover, saying the ongoing research and innovation will help create jobs across the state.

Grants at UA went to research teams led by:

 Richard P. Swatloski for Alabama Start-up Seed Fund Program, $125,792.

 Allen Parrish for 10-8CAD, public safety technology, computer-aided dispatch, $206,326.

 Robin D. Rogers for a general approach to 2D nanomaterial, $160,487.

 Gregory Thompson for partnering with Nucor Steel in development of microalloyed precipitation strengthened steels, $74,332.

The Alabama Innovation Fund supports research and economic development initiatives from the state’s public colleges and universities. The fund is a part of Accelerate Alabama — the state’s long-term plan for economic development.

“By awarding these grants, we are investing in new opportunities that will benefit our communities for years to come,” Bentley said. “The Alabama Innovation Fund supports high-tech research and innovative ideas. These grants will lead to new innovations for our communities and more jobs for Alabamians.”

Source: Tuscaloosa News