Virginia Tech to receive nearly $20 million in grant

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WASHINGTON (WSLS 10) – Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced on Thursday that Virginia Tech will receive almost $20 million in funding for cyber workforce development.

The school will receive $19,420,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help increase cyber workforce development and encourage scientific partnerships to deliver innovation in the field.

The NSF grant will create a team of software scientists who will ultimately serve as future experts and leaders in cyber-technology.

"Investment in a capable and diverse cyber workforce is critical to how we respond to the opportunities and challenges provided by emerging technologies," said Sen. Warner, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-founder of the recently created bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus. "This award will help Virginia Tech—one of the top research institutions in the country—to attract the best and brightest young minds into careers in computational molecular science and cyber technology, and allow Virginia to continue to establish a leadership role in the cyber field."

The total grant amount will be provided in increments by NSF through 2021, with $5,880,491 awarded immediately. More information about the grant can be found here.  

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