LA County museums receive $6.4 million in science, research grants

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County have received more than $6.4 million in science, humanities, and research grants to fund projects including digitization of history, film and insect collections and local projects on biodiversity and indigenous artists, it was announced today.

Six of the 15 grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation, and others were made by the Association of Science and Technology Centers, Boeing, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Institute for Biodiversity, Glendale Community College Foundation, Haynes Foundation, Louis B. Mayer Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Energy, the NHMLAC said.

The NHMLAC is “a vital and unique organization that stewards research in a variety of scientific and cultural fields as well as a collection of more than 35 million specimens and objects, while serving Los Angeles and the international community at large,” Lori Bettison-Varga, NHMLAC president and director, said in a statement.

“Today, scientific and collections inquiries are more important than ever, and on behalf of our scientists and curators, we are so proud of being awarded these significant grants, enabling further understanding of our changing world,” Bettison-Varga said. “I congratulate all our staff members who have been successful at securing funds for their important research, and look forward to seeing the positive impact new mentorship programs will have on future generations.”