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Dingell Announces Nearly $14 Million in Federal Grant Funding for University of Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) announced today that the University of Michigan will receive $13,999,656 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their 2024 American National Election Studies (ANES) project. 

“At a time when our nation is deeply divided, gaining insight into what is driving us apart has never been more important,” said Dingell. “For nearly 75 years, the nonpartisan American National Election Studies at the University of Michigan has provided critical insights into public opinion and voting behaviors, the sources of political discontent, and ways we can bridge our divisions and come together as Americans. With this nearly $14 million in federal grant funding from the National Science Foundation, the University of Michigan will be able to continue this important work when our nation needs it the most.” 

“The 2024 elections will occur at a moment of great uncertainty and change in American politics. Long-standing political norms involving executive power, electoral legitimacy, and the rule of law, as well as societal norms such as the proper balance of public health advice with individual freedom, are under challenge,” said Nicholas Valentino, Research Professor at the University of Michigan Center for Political Studies and Principal Investigator of the 2024 ANES. “What does the public make of these disruptions? The 2024 ANES will help our nation answer this question by providing data to help inform policies that will improve Americans’ lives and our national security."

Since 1948, the ANES has been the gold standard for measuring public opinion and understanding voting behavior in the United States. The 2024 ANES maintains the tradition of a nonpartisan, scientifically valid survey while adding cutting-edge innovations. New and existing questions on the ANES survey allow researchers to understand the sources of political discontent, explain misunderstandings between elected officials and the public, and identify opportunities for bridging the country's political and social divisions. 

The National Science Foundation supports research, innovation, and discovery at America’s colleges and universities by distributing federal grants. On average, NSF awards approximately 11,000 new grants each year to individuals or small research teams after a rigorous review process.

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