Notre Dame News | April 27, 2019
The University of Notre Dame announced Friday (April 26) a $42.4 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to form the Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network, which will enhance and link cutting-edge expertise, technologies, workforce development programs and innovation-based facilities throughout the broader South Bend-Elkhart region.
The five-year grant will bring together the University and the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership (SBERP) along with other key regional stakeholders in a collaboration to further advance the region as an economic leader in next-generation manufacturing, entrepreneurship, applied analytics and technology.
The LIFT Network will accelerate the region’s shared vision, described in SBERP’s Ensuring Prosperity Plan, to create an environment that attracts, trains and retains top talent for tomorrow’s jobs. The LIFT Network also builds on the momentum created by an Indiana Regional Cities Initiative grant awarded to the region in 2015.
The Lilly Endowment grant will help leverage additional investments in the LIFT Network. Regional leaders envision a total combined investment reaching nearly $170 million. To help Notre Dame raise additional resources and sustain the program’s future, the Lilly Endowment grant contains a $4 million matching condition.
“We are grateful to Lilly Endowment, which made this day possible, as did its encouragement of the fundamental rethinking that is often needed to respond to new challenges and changing circumstances,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
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