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Press Statement 15-002

NSF mourns loss of innovator supported through Small Business Innovation Research program

May 14, 2015

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rachel Jacobs and all of those killed and injured in the recent Amtrak derailment.

As CEO of ApprenNet, Jacobs was part of a special group of trailblazing technology and business innovators who work tirelessly to bring new ideas and new opportunities to our communities.

ApprenNet, which has received three NSF grants from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, uses technology to give teachers and others access to learning tools they might not otherwise have.

NSF and the SBIR community mourn the loss of Jacobs and the other bright lights lost in the derailment, and we are thankful for the many meaningful contributions she and others made to our society.


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The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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