Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced August 13 research grants for seven projects to hasten the development of stronger and lighter materials that will increase the fuel efficiency of American vehicles. Through the Materials Genome Project, the agency will provide $8 million this year in grants and has requested $13.75 million for fiscal year 2013 to fund projects to develop lightweight, stronger alloys for vehicle engines and modeling tools to deliver high-performance carbon fiber composites and advanced steel products.