Funds awarded to help advance infrastructure in Ohio

Federal funds will help examine new technologies in infrastructure.
Federal funds will help examine new technologies in infrastructure.
Recently, federal funds were awarded which could improve the materials used in building infrastructure and change how those who use construction equipment do their work.

U.S. Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown announced the funds, which came care of Technology Innovation Program put forward by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology. Almost $6.3 million of funds have been awarded, which will go to research projects in the state's Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Montgomery counties.

"Manufacturing and infrastructure projects go hand-in-hand with economic development," Brown said. "These funds will create jobs and foster long-term economic growth."

Competition for the funds for this year focused on projects that would look at taking advanced materials and creating a practical application for them. That would include examining forward-looking materials for infrastructure projects.

According to the NIST's website, the TIP program was established in 2007 in order to help researchers engaged in high-risk, high-reward projects. Funding of up to $3 million over three years is available to individual companies through the program, while joint projects are eligible for $9 million over five years.