Politicians, college leadership statewide and others from the Delaware state science community gathered Jan. 11 at Delaware State University to kick off a $19.2-million federal grant to research water issues and solutions for the state and beyond.

Project WICCED — Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware — is a cooperative endeavor of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College and Wesley College.

The federal grant comes through the state’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Started in 2003, Delaware’s EPSCoR program provides federal research money to states that typically don’t get that funding.

“This grant provides opportunities that we would not be able to offer our students without this collaboration,” said Wesley President Robert E. Clark II. “This type of research and forward thinking is essential as we work to solve tomorrow’s challenges today.” To learn more click here.