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Rep. Williams Announces $1 Million NSF CARES Act Grant Awarded to University of Texas at Austin

May 12, 2020
Press Release

AUSTIN, TX Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced $1,009,363 in grants awarded to the University of Texas at Austin by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The supplemental funding, allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is intended to support research and efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to a coronavirus outbreak.

Projects at UT Austin receiving grants are broken down below:

  • $200,000: RAPID: Development of Rapid Point of Care SARS-CoV-2 Detection System
  • $190,337: RAPID: COVID Response: Identifying practices that minimize exposure to disinfection byproducts
  • $194,774: RAPID: Trust in Public Health Information During a Pandemic
  • $198,345: RAPID: Accessible Surfaces for Interrupting Sustained Coronavirus Transmission (ASsIST)
  • $100,000: RAPID: Methods for Reconstructing Disease Transmissions from Viral Genomic Data with Application to COVID-19
  • $92,402: RAPID: Collaborative Research: Transforming passive protective face masks toward active capture and inactivation of coronavirus with nano-assisted surfactant modification
  • $13,243: Collaborative Research: RAPID: Socioeconomic Determinants of Social Distancing Behaviors in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • $20,262: RAPID/Collaborative Research: Human-AI Teaming for Big Data Analytics to Enhance Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Greater understanding of COVID-19 is critical to beating the virus, and we must provide our scientists and labs with the support needed to keep future generations safe and healthy,” said Congressman Williams. “I’m proud to secure this funding in the CARES Act to support vital research and studies in progress at UT Austin as we respond to the coronavirus outbreak.”

For a fact sheet on NSF-funded research during COVID-19, please click here.

For a Texas NSF fact sheet, please click here.


Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.