NASA Donates $64.1M to Fund University-Led Research Initiative

Phaser 1200 1The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded The Catholic University of America $64.1 million—the largest research grant in the school’s history—to establish the Partnership for Heliophysics and Space Environment Research (PHaSER).

Through a cooperative agreement between Catholic’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Universities Space Research Association and Howard University, PHaSER will support programming and recruitment strategies within NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Heliophysics Science Division (HSD) for the next five years.

[PHaSER will] help fulfill the university’s mission in education, providing opportunities for CatholicU students and faculty to take advantage of the expertise and resources that we have at NASA Goddard,” said Dr. Bob Robinson, director of PHaSER and research professor of physics at Catholic. “I’m excited to see that connection continue and strengthen under the new agreement.”