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Release: July 16, 2002

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UI has record year with external support for 2001-2002

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated a record $341 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2002, a 23 percent increase from 2001.

"During the past 12 months, University of Iowa researchers succeeded in winning grants and contracts at a rate that set a single-year record total as well as a year-to-year record increase for the university," said David Skorton, vice president for research and external relations. "The results reflect the hard work of UI researchers, faculty, staff and students who earned highly competitive grants and contracts during a difficult economic period."

The total for fiscal 2002, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2002, surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the first time. Over the past four years, the UI has attracted more than $1 billion in external support.

The 2002 fiscal year also marked the 16th 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 $4.09 billion in total external support.

According to the most recently available National Science Foundation (NSF) statistics (2000) for science and engineering, the UI ranks 18th among all public universities in federal external support. In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranked the UI 10th among all public universities receiving NIH funding for the 2001 fiscal year.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said: "Once again, University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students intensified their efforts to increase external support, thereby enhancing the university's contributions to the state, the nation, and the world. I am proud to have played a role in improving the university's research effort."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, said that although 2002 was a record year, the outlook for future federal support for research cannot be taken for granted, given the state of the national economy. "All of us associated with the University of Iowa recognize the outstanding support given to the university by our congressional delegation, whose work on behalf of the American public makes university-based research possible," Willard said.

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2002 (compared to fiscal 2001 amounts) were:

-- Department of Health and Human Services (includes NIH): $183.7 million (up 33.5 percent )

-- Nat'l Science Foundation: $10.6 million (up 14 percent)

-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin.: $9.1 million (down 5 percent)

-- Dept. of Education: $15.4 million (up 41 percent)

-- Dept. of Defense: $5.1 million (up 59 percent)

-- Industry: $32.7 million (up 5 percent)

-- State: $30.7 million (up 19 percent)

-- Private Organizations: $30.4 million (no change)

-- Other Non-federal : $12.7 million (up 4 percent)

-- Misc. Fed: $10.5 million (up 28 percent)

Brian L. Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, said that much of this year's record increase resulted from a record number of applications submitted the previous year.

"Continued growth in sponsored research funding is dependent upon the dedicated efforts of high quality faculty, staff and student researchers being provided with superb facilities." Harvey said.