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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2006

UI External Support Is A Record $366.4 Million For 2005-2006

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated an all-time record $366.4 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2006, a 1.7 percent increase from 2005.

"After posting an 8.5 percent increase in fiscal 2005 and contending with a challenging 2006 federal funding environment, University of Iowa faculty, staff and students once again earned distinction in winning grants and contracts during the past year," said Meredith Hay, UI vice president for research. "Their hard work benefits all UI researchers and the entire state."

The total for fiscal 2006, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2006, surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the fifth consecutive year and also marked the 20th 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 $5.49 billion in total external support.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey (2003), the UI is ranked 17th 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 Interim President Gary Fethke said, "Our continued increase in grants and contracts illustrates the excellence and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students. I thank everyone involved in the UI's commendable performance."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, noted that while the federal investment in the National Science Foundation had increased, research funding available to researchers through the National Institutes of Health had actually decreased in inflation-adjusted dollars over the past three years.

"Given that the largest portion of our research portfolio derives from this source, we are quite concerned," he said. "In such a difficult funding environment, we especially thank the leadership of the Iowa delegation for supporting research as a major driving force of the nation's economic growth and well-being."

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2006 (compared to fiscal 2005 amounts) were:

-- Department of Health and Human Services (includes NIH): $184.4 million (down by 5.4 percent)

-- National Science Foundation: $11.3 million (up 0.9 percent)

-- NASA: $5.5 million (down 22.2 percent)

-- Department of Education: $15.8 million (down 28.9 percent)

-- Department of Defense: $8.1 million (up 6.8 percent)

-- Miscellaneous Federal: $8.8 million (up 41.3 percent)

-- States: $41.8 million (up 26.5 percent)

-- Industry: $31.9 million (down 1.5 percent)

-- Private Organizations: $39.0 million (up 24.7 percent)

-- Other Non-federal: $19.7 million (up 40.5 percent)

Twila Reighley, director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, noted that grant applications continued to be submitted at a healthy pace and added, "The fact that the UI had another record-breaking year in 2006 underscores the exceptional research and scholarly efforts of our faculty, staff and students and reflects their contributions to the advancement of knowledge."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: 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,; Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009,