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Release: July 28, 1999

UI external support reaches a record $259.5 million for 1998-99

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated $259.5 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, development, education and service during fiscal 1999. Nearly 20 percent higher than the 1998 figure, the total represents the greatest year-to-year percentage increase in UI external funding in 10 years and, at $42.2 million above last year, the largest-ever year-to-year dollar increase.

The total for fiscal 1999, the 12-month period ending June 30, 1999, surpassed the $200 million mark for the third year in a row. In 1998 the UI attracted $217.3 million in external funding, and overall external support in fiscal year 1997 was about $208 million.

The 1999 fiscal year marked the 14th 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 $3.22 billion in total external support.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said that the increase in research funding, while serving as an indicator of the high quality of faculty research, is also a gateway to enhanced research and learning by students. "Research funding offers a myriad of opportunities for students at all levels to work with faculty and be on the frontlines of new discoveries," she said.

Dr. David J. Skorton, vice president for research, said that the breadth of support for UI researchers — extending across the federal government to the private sector and industry — is especially gratifying. "A record level of support by the federal government and by the private sector through partnerships with industry made it possible for our faculty, staff and students to achieve an outstanding level of external funding," he said. "It was especially encouraging to see that a great diversity of disciplines, ranging from the biological sciences and physical sciences to the social sciences and the arts and humanities, shared in the success."

Commenting on the source of federal funding for research, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Federal Relations Derek H. Willard said, "I applaud members of Congress for their very generous appropriations to university-based research. I believe this reflects the great support this research has among the American public."

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 1999 (compared to fiscal 1998 amounts) were:
-- Public Health Service (includes NIH) $124.1 million (up 23%)
-- Nat'l Science Foundation $8.7 million (up 36%)
-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin. $8.7 million (up 4%)
-- Dept. of Education $10.6 million (up 5%)
-- Dept. of Defense $6.2 million (up 9%)
-- Industry $39.7 million (up 39%)
-- State $22.1 million (no increase)
-- Foundations $22.1 million (up 7%)
-- Other Private $8.4 million (up 20%)
-- Misc. Fed $8.9 million (up 30%)

Brian Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, said that it is pleasing to see all major sources of external funding showing significant increases this year.