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Pennsylvania Teaching Jobs Receive Funding for Recruitment

Posted on March 23, 2009

A new program will help create new Pennsylvania teaching jobs.

The Keystone Innovation Starter Kit program will invest $2.5 million to help local economies, provide economic growth and cement the state’s reputation as a world-class leader in faculty recruitment and advanced technology.

Specifically, the program will allow 18 colleges, universities, academic medical institutions and research institutions across the state to recruit top faculty researchers in advanced knowledge areas.

“Infrastructure and commercialization are essential components of scientific research, but education is the catalyst that drives it forward,” Governor Edward G. Rendell said in a press release. “And now, more than ever, it is important that we invest in our colleges, universities, research institutions and talented researchers as tools to create new technologies, products and businesses that will help us grow our economy and open the door to new opportunities.”

Recently, the National Science Foundation ranked Pennsylvania fourth in academic research and development expenditures. The state ranked fifth or sixth in the country for the Department of Energy‘s research and development commitments from 2001 to 2005. Pennsylvania also was ranked fourth in the nation for funding by the National Institute of Health.

The program is designed to recruit top faculty researchers in important advanced knowledge areas. In addition, discretionary funds can be used by researchers to develop labs, staff and equipment to leverage private funding for research.

“The 18 institutions in which we are investing today will provide funding for projects that will directly aid and enhance the scientific education of some of the smartest men and women in Pennsylvania,” Rendell added. “These researchers are pioneers. With our help, they’ll have the capability to invent and bring scientific breakthroughs to market.”

The Keystone Innovation Starter Kit program is part of the Keystone Innovation Zone program, which has invested more than $12.5 million in 29 zones across Pennsylvania and helped to create more than 2,900 Pennsylvania jobs and save another 5,272 positions. The program has also helped launch 638 new companies and leveraged $461 million in new investments.

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