According to a statement on Thursday, the New Jersey Office of Economic Development, Rutgers University, Rowan University, Montler State University and New Jersey Institute of Technology will receive funding to promote academic research and invest in offshore workforce training.
In particular, the NJEDA board allowed staff to sign memorandums of understanding with universities to develop both the Wind New Jersey Institute Scholarship Program and the University Initiatives to promote offshore winds.
Twenty-four graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines and disciplines will be supported in the program’s pilot year with scholarships and resources to conduct independent research on topics that will further develop offshore winds in New Jersey.
Both the scholarship program and the university initiatives are expected to begin this year. Students wishing to learn more about these programs should contact their university’s professional services office.
“Our partnership with these four leading New Jersey research institutions ensures that Garden State’s offshore wind sector is the best place to grow and promote the industry,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “The allocation (Gov. Phil Murphy) for the NJ Wind Institute for Innovation and Study in the future budget will serve as evidence of the state’s commitment to accelerate economic growth, achieve our clean energy goals and invest in a strong, diverse and experienced workforce.”
NJEDA uses funding from the New Jersey Municipal Council to fund both the scholarship program and the university’s initiatives.