Engineering Researchers Recognized for 2006-2007 $1 Million + External Funding

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

An audio recording of Vice President for Research Meredith Hay presenting the annual report of external grants and contracts is available for download.

UI External Support Is A Record $382.2 Million For 2006-07

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated an all-time record $382.2 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2007, a 4.8 percent increase from 2006.

"If there is one clear message that you go home with today, I hope it will be that there is more than just the numbers being celebrated here today," Meredith Hay, UI vice president for research, told reporters at a July 18 news conference. "We, and I mean all of us both at the university and across the state, celebrate the people -- the extraordinarily talented and productive faculty, staff and students -- who make these outstanding achievements possible.

"We celebrate the impact that these activities have on our community within our state and across the world. Our lives are enhanced and uplifted through their creative works, their scholarship and their research discoveries," she said.

The total for fiscal 2007, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2007, surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the sixth consecutive year and also marked the 21st consecutive year in which the UI has attracted more than $100 million in external support. Since 1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted $5.9 billion in total external support.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey (2005), the UI is ranked 18th among public universities in terms of federally financed expenditures for research and development. In the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2005 report, the UI ranks 13th in NIH awards among all public universities.

UI Interim President Gary Fethke said, "I offer my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved -- faculty, staff and students -- on their remarkable achievement. Their continued excellence and dedication to research are reflected in the UI's increase in grants and contracts."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, noted that while the federal investment in the National Science Foundation had increased, research funding available to researchers through the NIH had actually decreased in inflation-adjusted dollars over the past four years.

"Given that the largest portion of our research portfolio derives from this source, we are quite concerned," he said. "In such a difficult funding environment, we especially thank the leadership of the Iowa delegation for supporting research as a major driving force of the nation's economic growth and well-being."

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2007 (compared to fiscal 2006 amounts) were:

--Department of Health and Human Services (includes NIH): $193.8 million (up 5.8 percent)

--National Science Foundation: $13.1 million (up 18.1 percent)

--NASA: $7.9 million (up 35.3 percent)

--Department of Education: $17.6 million (up 10.7 percent)

--Department of Defense: $13.1 million (up 73 percent)

--Miscellaneous Federal: $11.0 million (up 24.7 percent)

--States: $33.6 million (down 19.8 percent)

--Industry: $41.8 million (up 31.3 percent)

--Private Organizations: $32.9 million (down 15.7 percent)

--Other Nonfederal: $17.4 million (down 10.8 percent)

Twila Reighley, director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, noted that grant applications increased by 2.2 percent and said, "We attribute the UI's record-breaking year to the exceptional research, scholarly activities and service efforts of our faculty, staff and students, whose work advances knowledge, enhances our community and promotes the well-being of society."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Meredith Hay, vice president for research, 319-335-2119, meredith-hay@uiowa.edu; Derek Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, 319-530-0902

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu