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University of Iowa News Release

July 23, 2003

Photo: Bill Decker, interim vice president for research at the University of Iowa, addresses news media during the grants and contracts announcement Wednesday morning.

UI External Support Totals A Record $352.8 Million For 2002-2003

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated a record $352.8 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2003, a 4.3 percent increase from 2002.

"University of Iowa researchers once again won grants and contracts at a record-setting level during the past year," said Bill Decker, interim vice president for research. "Using their exceptional talent and sheer hard work, our UI researchers, a group that includes staff members and students in addition to faculty, continued to earn highly competitive grants and contracts during a difficult economic period."

The total for fiscal 2003, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2003, surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the second consecutive year. Over the past three years alone, the UI has attracted nearly $1 billion in external support.

The 2003 fiscal year also marked the 17th 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 $4.44 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 David Skorton said: "This enormous record of external support is due to the innovative ideas and effective work of our faculty, research staff and students. Thanks to their efforts, the university continues to expand its contributions to the state, the nation, and the world."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, noted that the federal budget will face formidable challenges in future years and that federal support can never be taken for granted. "For this reason," he said, "we are extremely grateful for the leadership of the Iowa Congressional delegation. They are very positive about the university and very well placed to exert influence on behalf of the people of the state of Iowa and the nation."

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2003 (compared to fiscal 2002 amounts) were:

-- Dept. of Health and Human Services (includes NIH): $183.8 million (no change)
-- Nat'l Science Foundation: $10.7 million (up 1%)
-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin.: $9.1 million (down 27%)
-- Dept. of Education: $15.1 million (down 2%)
-- Dept. of Defense: $7.3 million (up 42%)
-- Industry: $33.5 million (up 2%)
-- States: $38.5 million (up 26%)
-- Private Organizations: $29.3 million (down 4%)
-- Other Non-federal: $14.6 million (up 15%)
-- Misc. Fed: $13.4 million (up 27%)

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

"Faculty, staff and student researchers are to be commended for their continued efforts to attract external funds following what was the largest increase ever the year previous," Harvey said.

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