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Congressman Anthony Brown Champions $111 million for HBCU Research and Partnerships in NDAA

"We need to continue broadening our research capacity to include all Americans. That’s how we invest in our future and our collective security.”

"Historically Black Colleges and Universities serve not only as vehicles to advance social equity but also address the deep-rooted institutionalized gaps in society for Black and minority communities."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on his efforts to champion $111 million for HBCU funding and research partnerships within the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act:

“Our country’s research dominance is critical to our national security. In order to continue this goal, we must ensure opportunity for all. Throughout my years on the House Armed Services Committee, I’ve prioritized the establishment of a greater research capacity and partnerships at HBCUs. These opportunities will ultimately lead to the broadening and diversification of the untapped research talent within our country. 

“Despite the proven success of HBCUs, the Department of Defense still underfunds research at these institutions. This needs to change, and we have seen encouraging progress. Historically Black Colleges and Universities serve not only as vehicles to advance for social equity but also address the deep-rooted institutionalized gaps in society for Black and minority communities. We need to continue broadening our research capacity to include all Americans. That’s how we invest in our future and our collective security.”

Additionally, Congressman Brown passed out of committee his amendment to require University Affiliated Research Centers and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers that receive contracts from the DoD to subcontract 2 percent to HBCUs and MIs.

When Congressman Brown entered Congress in 2017, HBCUs received a mere 0.4 percent of Department of Defense research funding. Thanks to bipartisan efforts and commitments, that funding has more than tripled over the last five years.

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