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Three New Grants | USF Funds FST ICT Research

The Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona received three research grants valued JMD 22.7 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a handover ceremony convened on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  The grants will be used to fund three ICT-related projects for which the principal investigators are Dr. Andre Coy (Department of Physics), Dr. Louis-Ray Harris (Department of Physics) and Dr. Paul Gaynor (Department of Computing). The projects seek to tackle national challenges linked to literacy (Dr. Coy), crime and violence (Dr. Gaynor) and technologies related to smart city development in Jamaica (Dr. Harris).

In his keynote address, the Hon Daryl Vaz shared that “our universities are the engines which power innovation, research and development. Therefore, investment in projects at this level has tremendous prospects not just for the institution but the wider Jamaica.”  This echoes the Faculty’s vision of becoming “the go-to-place for science knowledge, research, solutions and training.” Prof. Dale Webber also added that “the core mission of The UWI is to support Caribbean development through our teaching, research, and outreach. The partnership with USF will increase the research potential of the UWI which is important as today’s research can become tomorrow’s lecture enabling the rapid engagement of the next generation in solutions for the future.”

The Faculty thanks the USF for investing in its vision of technology contributing to Jamaica achieving it Vision 2030 goals.

In attendance were: 
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon Daryl Vaz,
State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Robert Morgan
CEO of the USF, Mr. Daniel Dawes
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber
Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Michael Taylor
Head, Department of Computing, Dr. Gunjan Mansingh
FST Researchers, Dr. Paul Gaynor, Dr. Louis-Ray Harris and Dr. Andre Coy

Published on 16 Dec, 2021

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