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CREST Aims to Strengthen the Academic Infrastructure

The CREST program is intended to increase the research productivity of faculty at minority-serving institutions, as part of NSF’s broader objective of strengthening the research and education capabilities more generally of minority-serving academic institutions. 

To that end, the program has the following objectives:

  • to enhance the research capabilities and education activities at the most productive minority-serving institutions;
  • to produce new knowledge;
  • to enhance the national research competitiveness of individual faculty; 
  • to promote organizational connections and linkages between CREST institutions and outstanding research and development organizations; 
  • to foster integration of research and education at CREST institutions; and
  • to increase participation in STEM disciplines by a diverse student population. 
Although program funds are awarded to academic institutions, the benefits to students come in the form of an improved research infrastructure, better educational offerings, higher-quality faculty, and more opportunities to work with industry and other potential employers. 
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