Gov. Steve Beshear announced on Monday morning two federal grants totaling more than $14 million to boost technological research in several Kentucky colleges and encourage more rigorous education in the state's high schools.
The grants are from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Beshear made the announcement at the University of Kentucky.
The science foundation grant, totalling $12.5 million over the next five years, will help support research in biotechnology, nanotechnology and cyber-technology. The state is expected to provide an additional $5 million in matching money over the life of the grant.
UK and the University of Louisville will be the main beneficiaries, but money also will go to Kentucky State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Centre College, Berea College and Morehead State University.
The second grant totals $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Advanced Placement Incentive program.
The money will be used to add six more schools to the AdvanceKentucky program, which is an effort to get more high school students in rigorous math, science and English Advance Placement Courses.
There are 12 school in the AdvanceKentucky program now, and officials want to expand that to 90 by 2012.