Dozens of organizations throughout the Midwest comprise one of 10 inaugural Regional Innovation Engines in the United States, as designated by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

On Monday, the NSF established its first NSF Engines program, awarding 10 teams spanning 18 states with up to $15 million in initial funding over the next two years. With a potential NSF investment of nearly $1.6 billion over the next decade, NSF Engines represent one of the largest broad investments in place-based research and development in the nation’s history.

Several Wisconsin entities, including A.O. SmithMarquette UniversityRapid RadicalsWhirlpool, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and WRTP | BIG STEP, are partners in the Great Lakes Water Innovation Engine.

This cohort will search for new ways to extract valuable minerals and toxic forever chemicals from wastewater. Organizations from Illinois and Ohio help round out the group. The Great Lakes engine is anchored by Current, a Chicago-based water innovation hub.

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