Abbott joins Texas Tech leaders to tout $50M grant, research project


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined Texas Tech leaders on Tuesday to celebrate the university receiving $50 million in federal research funding to help launch the Center for Advancing Sustainable and Distributed Fertilizer Production.

The National Science Foundation funding represents the largest and one of the most prestigious grants Tech has received, the university announced.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said Tech started on the road to achieving such success in the world of research 10 years ago with the creation of the National Research University Fund. Later, Abbott helped create the Government University Research Initiative.

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“That enabled Texas Tech to hire the first member of the National Academy of Sciences that we have here,” Schovanec said.

Abbott joins Texas Tech leaders to tout M grant, research project

Abbott’s visit to the Tech campus came shortly before a campaign stop at Lubbock’s Table 82 restaurant as the Republican seeks a third term in office, facing Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the Nov. 8 election.

Support for Texas Tech

At Tech, Abbott recalled that when he came into office in 2015, his goal was to expand higher education in the state, in particular, doubling the number of Tier One research universities. Before that, there were three, including Texas A&M, Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.

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