CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — A $50,000 award from the National Science Foundation will support a West Virginia University Research Corporation research project that seeks to develop technology to assist the general public, military, first responders, and medical professionals with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the funding Friday.

“It’s great to see WVU at the center of research into technology that has the potential to save lives. This project aims to advance easy-to-use tech that can provide real time feedback to individuals performing CPR and could potentially improve survival of cardiac arrest both in and out of the hospital, Capito said.

"I will continue to be a strong advocate for federal funding that supports projects like this in our colleges and universities right here in West Virginia."

Manchin called the National Science Foundation "a great partner for West Virginia and our universities."

"This research project will help design technology that is easy to use and will help guide and provide feedback for first responders, medical professionals and the general public performing CPR. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this important and life-saving research, and I will continue prioritize research and technology development conducted here in the Mountain State,” Manchin said.