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Release: 10 a.m., Friday, July 24, 1998

UI external support totals a record $217.3 million for 1997-98

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated $217.3 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, development, education and service during fiscal 1998, surpassing the $200 million mark for the second year in a row.

The total for fiscal 1998, the 12-month period ending June 30, 1998, represents an approximately 4.5 percent increase over 1997 when the UI attracted about $208 million in external funding. Overall external support in fiscal year 1996 was $195 million.

The 1998 fiscal year marked the 13th 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 $2.96 billion in total external support.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said that the research totals are an important indicator of the hard work shown by the university's researchers. "The high level of external support given to University of Iowa research once again indicates that the university has talented, hard-working people located in a research environment that fosters excellence," she said.

Dr. David J. Skorton, vice president for research, said that the efforts of UI researchers compare very favorably to those of researchers at other institutions. "I am gratified that faculty, staff and students have achieved record levels of external support from both the federal government and the private sector through partnerships with industry," he said.

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 1998 (compared to fiscal 1997 amounts) were:
 -- Public Health Service (includes NIH)  $101.2 million (up 11 percent )
 -- National Science Foundation  $6.4 million (down 26 percent)
  -- National Aeronautics & Space Administration  $8.4 million (down 12 percent)
 -- Department of Education  $10.2 million (down 21 percent)
 -- Department of Defense  $5.7 million (up 75 percent)
 -- Industry  $28.7 million (up17.5 percent)
 -- State  $22.2 million (down 1 percent)
 -- Foundations  $20.7 million (down 9 percent)
 -- Other Private  $7.0 million (down 2.5 percent)
 -- Miscellaneous Federal  $6.8 (up 21.5 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. "The main reason for the increase is the jump in federal support for research, particularly National Institutes of Health funding, which increased more than 10 percent," Harvey said.