The Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced Clemson University as one of this year’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients for the school’s sustainable water and oil repellency fabric technology. Clemson will receive more than $420,000 from the Walmart Foundation. The 2017 round of grants are focused on innovations in textile manufacturing processes.
According to a news release, Clemson is one of six universities that will collectively receive nearly $3 million in grants from the fund this year to support research proposals that strive to create new manufacturing technologies and reduce the cost of producing goods in the U.S. with the ultimate goal of creating jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing base.
“The Walmart Foundation is making a major contribution to manufacturing in the U.S. through its continuing financial and informational support to textile and apparel technologies,” said Chris Cole, professor emerita, Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson, in the release. “We are so grateful to the Walmart Foundation and U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund for investing in our research program – an area not funded by other sources and one that has many important scientific, economic and environmental implications.”
The fund was formed in 2014 to provide a total of $10 million in grants to focus specifically on advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S., according to the release. This is the third and final round of grants awarded by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for the fund. The other winning universities are Washington State University, N.C. State University, Oregon State University, Texas Tech University and University of Massachusetts Lowell.
by: Staff Report
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