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UI faculty hit another record in fiscal year 2010, earning $466.5 million in external grants and contracts, most of which fund research. Total awards grew 9 percent over 2009.
Over the past decade, UI research support has practically doubled, a trend that’s especially important given a flagging economy’s impact on other funding sources. Additional statistics:
- Total external research support since 1967: $7.1 billion
- UI rank among public universities in federal research and development support: 20
- UI rank among public universities in National Institutes of Health awards: 13
Research funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—also known as ARRA or stimulus funds—are advancing UI discoveries and creating jobs.
Nearly 175 projects have netted more than $67 million in ARRA funds for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011. The largest portion of that total—more than $47 million—supports research in the Carver College of Medicine.
ARRA funded projects include:
- Studies by Jane Paulsen, professor of psychiatry, and colleagues seeking neurobiological predictors of Huntington’s disease
- Research by George Malanson, professor of geography, on the fungus that causes blister rust, a disease that attacks white pine trees and destabilizes ecosystems
- Ongoing work by Peter Damiano, professor of preventive and community dentistry and director of the UI Public Policy Center, to identify factors that affect preventive dental care for children
- Research by Carolyn Brown and Christopher Turner, both professors of audiology, on improved programming for hearing aids and cochlear implants
Learn about other ARRA projects at the UI.