Use $20M wisely

A $20 million federal grant is on the way to the Granite State to help New Hampshire’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research develop new ways of manufacturing biomaterials, including the use of 3D printing technology.

The funding will create a five-year project known as NH BioMade. At the University of New Hampshire in Durham, researchers begin their work with the goal of using new technology to reproduce life-saving materials.

“This grant will allow New Hampshire to expand its research capacity throughout the state through work force development programs, growing our economy and creating jobs,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said in announcing the endeavor. “The research and design of biomaterials will help save lives, and I am thrilled to see the National Science Foundation recognize New Hampshire’s role in the development of this cutting edge technology.”

We support this project’s two stated goals:

To advance medical science to save lives; and

To grow employment and educational opportunities in New Hampshire.

Still, officials must use the taxpayers’ money wisely. Every effort should be made to extract as much research and development from that $20 million as is possible.

After all: a nation that is about $21 trillion in debt has to eventually start keeping track of expenses.