Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense, through the Office of Naval Research, has awarded nearly $6 million to North Dakota State University (NDSU). This funding, secured by Hoeven in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations legislation, will be used to support research into coatings that prevent the accumulation of ice and other contaminants on ship hulls, a research partnership between NDSU and the University of Michigan, as well as involvement from the Florida Institute of Technology and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

“NDSU is a world-class research institution, including in the fields of protective coatings and polymers. This grant we worked to secure builds on the university’s past success and will bolster its ability to perform and complete vital research to benefit our nation’s naval ships,” said Senator Hoeven.

“NDSU’s leadership in anti-adhesion coatings allows us to attract partnerships with the most prestigious research universities in the nation in solving real-world problems,” said Dean Bresciani, President of NDSU. “This is a prime example of NDSU research and development serving our nation.”