Episode 20: Riverside Unified School District, the Pioneers in Obtaining Federal Funding from NSF

Linda Christopher, Manager for Grants and Project Development of Riverside Unified School District (“RUSD”) shares how as a school district it was decided to pursue a National Science Foundation grant to show themselves as the pioneers in ascertaining funds typically pursued only by higher education directly, yet RUSD is still working with UCR and others. Linda Christopher further discusses the end to end research that focuses on grades K-12 with a specific focus on high school students and the data resulting from the students exposure to air pollution.

Linda and her team are a leading example of innovation by her school district because of their pursuit to obtain federal funds which can be a paradigm to other school districts seeking funding in a time of need where innovation, creativity, and collaboration are paramount. Presently most federal research grants are pursued by higher education institutions only.