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SIU awarded $2.5M in statewide innovation and research effort


CARBONDALE (WSIL) — Southern Illinois University Carbondale will receive $2.5 million as part of an effort to boost research and innovation in Illinois.

On Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker announced $500 million in capital funding for the statewide project, which is part of University of Illinois System’s Illinois Innovation Network and Discovery Partners Institute.

SIU’s “iFERM” hub is part of the statewide group. One of its goals is to find new ways to utilize and market Illinois agricultural products.

The “iFERM” hub will use the $2.5 million in initial funding for food and beverage research, as well as specialty crop agricultural programs and a centralized analytics facility.

“It particularly advances our research components at SIU, but also our partnerships with the regional economy,” said Gary Kinsel, interim vice chancellor of research at SIU. “We’re very excited the funds are being released and we’re eager to move forward.”

Mandy Robertson

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