WASHINGTON — The University of Maine is being awarded a grant in the amount of $512,736 from the National Science Foundation for further research of a prosthetic robotic hand.
The funded project, under the direction of professor Ashish Deshpande, includes the design and development of a prosthetic robot hand and technology to substantially improve rehabilitation and quality of life for persons with hand disabilities, including amputees returning from ongoing wars, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins.
“This federal funding will help support strong science-based research at the University of Maine,” the senators said in a joint statement. “The potential for breakthrough technologies and research at Maine’s colleges and universities is great and will help serve to boost our state’s economy in the years to come.”
According to the National Science Foundation, the project being researched at the University of Maine
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare,” and has an annual budget of about $5.5 billion. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, the National Science Foundation is the major source of federal backing.