Danforth Center Wins $1.5M EDA Grant to Lead New Center for AgTech and Applied Location Science and Technology

October 6, 2021
Former NGA Director Robert Sharp (at left), who joined UMSL Chancellor Kristin Sobolik in signing an Educational Partnership Agreement between UMSL and NGA last year, is joining the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative as a research fellow and will help guide efforts to lead collaborative K-16 workforce and talent development. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Daues/NGA)


The Donald Danforth Plant Science Centerhas won a $1.5 million competitive Build to Scale grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support theCenter for AgTech and Applied Location Science and Technology (CATALST). The project aims to capitalize on the demand for new precision agriculture technologies by tapping into the St. Louis region’s expertise in agtech and location science to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship and to advance commercialization. The Danforth Center is partnering with BioSTL and T‑REX to implement the CATALST strategic initiatives.