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University of Iowa News Release

July 13, 2005

Photos: (Top) Meredith Hay, UI vice president for research; media coverage of Wednesday's press conference on grants and contracts.

UI External Support Is A Record $359.6 Million For 2004-2005

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated an all-time record $359.6 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2005, an 8.5 percent increase from 2004.

"University of Iowa faculty, staff and students were outstanding in their ability to win grants and contracts during the past year," said Meredith Hay, UI vice president for research. "The record total is a tribute to the talent and hard work of all UI researchers."

The total for fiscal 2005, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2005, surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the fourth consecutive year and also marked the 19th 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 $5.12 billion in total external support. To download the PowerPoint presentation given by Hay at a news conference Wednesday, click here.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey, the UI is ranked 15th among public universities in terms of federally financed expenditures for research and development. In the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2004 report, the UI ranks 12th in NIH awards among all public universities.

UI President David J. Skorton said: "As we begin the Year of Public Engagement, I am proud that this record-setting year demonstrates the UI's ongoing and increasing commitment to improving the lives of people in our state and nation, as well as across the world, through the discovery of knowledge for the public good. I offer my great thanks and heartiest congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, and students for their dedication and success."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, noted that the rate of growth in federal agency support for university-based research nationwide had slowed this year. "Federal budgetary deficits and on-going national security needs will make it very difficult for Congress to meet or exceed research funding levels that will keep pace with inflation over the next few years," Willard said. He expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Iowa delegation for its support of research and its knowledge of the impact of research as the driver of economic growth and national well-being.

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2005 (compared to fiscal 2004 amounts) were:

    • Dept. of Health and Human Services (includes NIH): $195.1 million (up by 6.9 percent)
    • National Science Foundation: $11.3 million (up 19.6 percent)
    • National Aeronautics & Space Admin.: $7.2 million (up 35.2 percent)
    • Department of Education: $22.1 million (up 52.1 percent)
    • Department of Defense: $7.6 million (down 8.2 percent)
    • Misc. Fed: $6.4 million (down 20.4 percent)
    • States: $33.5 million (up 42.4 percent)
    • Industry: $31.2 million (up 3.3 percent)
    • Private Organizations: $31.3 million (up 2.3 percent)
    • Other Non-federal: $13.9 million (down 26.3 percent)

Twila Reighley, director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, noted that both the number of applications and the dollar amount requested rose by more than eight percent compared to the applications submitted the previous year.

"Faculty, staff and student researchers continue to put forth incredible effort to attract external funds," she said, "and fiscal 2005 was another record-breaking year."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,; Program: Meredith Hay, vice president for research, 319-335-2119,; Derek Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, 319-530-0902,