HOUSTON, Dec. 20, 2001 A record $12.3 million in research grants was received at the University of Houston in November, the largest one-month total in the institutions 75-year history.
Research funds for new and continuing projects received at the university during the first quarter of fiscal year 2002 totaled nearly $23 million, a 75 percent increase over the average of UH awards received during the same period of the previous three years. For the entire fiscal year 2001, the University of Houston received $53.1 million for research from outside sources.
One project that received part of its funding in November focuses on the biological and behavioral variations in the language development of Spanish-speaking children.
The goal of this four-year project and the parent grant it supports is to understand the challenges in educating children whose primary language is Spanish, said David Francis, UH professor of psychology and the lead investigator on the project. The aim is to understand how schools help Spanish-speaking children achieve optimal educational outcomes and the important roles that language plays in these outcomes.
Francis received $2 million in November from the U.S. Department of Education for a portion of the multi-year, multi-phase study, which will include working closely with children from kindergarten through third grade and their teachers.
Other examples of UH research grants whose funds were received in November, and their principal investigators, are: