Knight Foundation awards $15.3 million for data, computer sciences

Knight Foundation awards $15.3 million for data, computer sciences

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced grants totaling $15.3 million in support of computing and data science education and healthcare innovation.

The grants include $10 million to Florida International University, to be matched by $16 million in private gifts, to boost the number of faculty in the newly renamed Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, accelerate the number of computer science and engineering graduates moving into the workforce, and renovate twenty thousand square feet of interactive research and teaching space; $4.3 million to the University of Miami, which will use the funds to create six endowed Knight Chair positions in its Institute of Data Science and Computing; and $1 million to Baptist Health South Florida, which will use the funds to launch the Knight Foundation Fellowship in Healthcare Technology Innovation, a year-long, multidisciplinary initiative designed to bring together individuals from diverse professional backgrounds to develop healthcare products and better understand the principles that guide healthcare innovation.

"The Knight gift enables us to have broader shoulders to support interdisciplinary research and industry collaborations, as well as develop tech talent for South Florida and the state," said FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg. "We look forward to working with industry to educate innovative problem solvers who are ready to lead."

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