Research funds climb $20 million
Research expenditures up 14 percent in FY99
By Ranjit Arab

Research funding at KU for fiscal year 1999 increased by more than $20 million from the previous fiscal year, officials at the Center for Research announced recently.

KU received almost $168 million in total research expenditures during fiscal 1999, up more than 14 percent from $147 million in fiscal 1998. About $123 million of the $168 million came from grants and contracts, which include grants from the federal, state and local governments, as well as industry and other sources.

Science and engineering research garnered just under $133 million in funding, while training and non-science research accounted for approximately $35 million. The funding also included grants from institutional funds and other sources, such as nonprofit foundations.

"The continued increase in funding clearly demonstrates the University of Kansas' commitment to providing innovative research that benefits the people of Kansas and beyond," said KU Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway.

Robert E. Barnhill, vice chancellor and president of the KU Center for Research, said that, although the funding total is just one measurement of KU's overall success, which also includes research and teaching awards presented in the humanities and other disciplines, the increase in funding reflects highly on the level of work being conducted across the entire university.

Funding figures are used for peer review and institutional rankings. KU has a goal of consistently being among the top 75 research institutions in the nation, and among the top 50 public research institutions.

Officials will have to wait until other schools report their expenditures for fiscal 1999 to determine if the increase was enough to place KU in that elite company.

"We're going to break that top 75 - make no mistake about that," Barnhill said. "But this isn't basketball, so it is going to take more than one year."

In the meantime, Barnhill said, KU researchers will continue to conduct world-class research. The success of the Biodiversity Research Center at the Natural History Museum and the Kansas Biological Survey were just two examples of research he cited that continue to garner federal and state grants while helping to serve the people of Kansas. And, he said, the university continues to grow in other areas, such as research involving the human condition, engineering and environmental sciences.

"Two broad areas in which much of our new funding is developing are information technology and the life sciences - and those are two state initiatives that KU is leading," Barnhill said.





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