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UI external support totals a record $211.8 million for 1996-97

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated $211.8 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, development, education and service during fiscal 1997, surpassing the $200 million mark for the first time.

The total for fiscal 1997, the 12-month period ending June 30, 1997, represents a more than eight percent increase over 1996 when the UI attracted about $195 million in external funding. Overall external support in fiscal year 1995 was $189.3 million.

The 1997 fiscal year marked the 11th consecutive year in which the UI has won more than $100 million in external support. Since 1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted nearly $3 billion in total external support.

According to UI President Mary Sue Coleman, the figures speak well of the university's researchers. "University of Iowa research once again has been recognized for its excellence by receiving a record-high level of external support. This success comes from talented, hard-working people in a research setting that encourages them to pursue excellence," she said.

Dr. David J. Skorton, vice president for research, acknowledged the efforts of UI researchers. "Even in an extremely competitive environment, the excellence of the UI faculty, staff and students has permitted continued record growth in the research and scholarship done at our institution," he said.

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 1997 (compared to fiscal 1996 amounts) were:

-- Public Health Service (includes NIH) $91.0 million (up 2.7 percent)

-- Nat'l Science Foundation $8.7 million (up 32 percent)

-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin. $9.7 million (down 12 percent)

-- Dept. of Education $16.7 million (up 104 percent)

-- Dept. of Defense $3.2 million (down 11 percent)

-- Industry $24.4 million (down 10 percent)

-- State $22.4 million (up 1.8 percent)

-- Foundations $22.9 million (up 25 percent)

-- Other $7.2 million (up 26 percent)

-- Misc. Fed $5.6 (down 22 percent)

Brian Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, said that external funding remains the single most important source of support for university research. "A major factor contributing to the university's 1997 record funding was an $8.5 million, or 104 percent, increase in funding from the Department of Education, which was primarily due to a timing change in the reporting of awards," he said.

Skorton added, "The increase in funding by the Public Health Service, the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation is encouraging in an era when the competition for federal funds continues to grow."