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Research expenditures set record

Science, engineering funds hit $110.8 million, an 8.7 percent increase



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Research expenditures at the University of Kansas again increased in fiscal year 2005, reaching the highest level in history.

According to recently released figures, federally funded science and engineering research expenditures at the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses climbed to $110.8 million in the year ending June 30, 2005. This was an 8.7 percent increase over the prior year in this most closely watched funding category.

A look at the numbers
Federally funded science and engineering expenditures:
$110.8 million.
All expenditures:
$281 million.

KU's total research expenditures funded from grants and contracts reached $187.6 million last year, a 3 percent increase over 2004.

"I applaud faculty at both campuses," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway, "because it is their hard work, ingenuity and competitiveness that makes this possible. The steady upward growth of the past decade has enhanced public perception of KU and our stature among other, national research universities. Record research expenditures are also a reflection of how we serve Kansas, because the research dollars we bring in create jobs and help grow the state's economy."

Jim Roberts, vice provost for research, was especially pleased with KU's success in the area of federally funded science and engineering research.

"Expenditures in this key category went up last year by $8.8 million," said Roberts, "in the face of stiff competition nationally and relatively flat federal funding for the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)." KU dominates NIH funding in Kansas, with about 85 percent of all research grants in the state from this agency going to the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses.

"In spite of these challenges," said Roberts, "KU is competitive and very successful. For example, we are one of only five universities that host an NSF-funded engineering research center and an NSF-funded science and technology center. I am confident that the investments we're making now – such as the new Multidisciplinary Research Building and the planned Structural Biology Center Phase III in Lawrence, plus the Biomedical Research Center that will open this year at the Medical Center – will enable KU researchers to be even more competitive for research grants in the future."

KU's total research expenditures in fiscal year 2005 for all projects, including sponsored research, training, and service grants in all fields, were $281 million, a 3 percent increase over 2004.

Among all national public research universities, KU ranked 49th in FY2003 (the most recent year reported) in terms of federally funded research expenditures in science and engineering. It also ranked 30th in federally funded life sciences research.