Butterfield Applauds Duke and East Carolina Universities on Receipt of National Science Foundation Grants

Mar 14, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded Duke University and East Carolina University (ECU) on its receipt of two distinct grants from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $302,103 and $358,656, respectively.

Duke University will use the grant award to develop an automated coding system to produce near real-time political indicators on the characteristics and behaviors of world governments for the purpose of constructing information on interstate disputes among nations.  This system will significantly reduce the time-lag between global events and measurement and analysis of those events in the academic and policy arena.  It will also speed the availability of the findings to the public.

ECU’s grant will establish a CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at the university.  The site will provide undergraduate students with experience in software testing and give them a solid research foundation by participating in activities, such as developing solutions and algorithms for fundamental issues in software testing, developing tools to improve testing effectiveness and performance, and testing complex real systems.  Through this facility, the university hopes to encourage participating students to pursue graduate studies in computer science.

“I congratulate Duke and East Carolina universities on receiving grants from the National Science Foundation,” said Butterfield.  “Both universities remain at the forefront in delivering research and development that will benefit our nation and transform our world.  The work these universities will complete through each grant is a testament to the state’s leadership in science and technology, and confirms our position as a hub for highly skilled professionals.”

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.  The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.