Aug. 14, 2009
University of Iowa leadership awards ARRA grants
University of Iowa leaders announced today their plans for awarding $14 million in federal stimulus funds to support projects that will help create a stronger university.
The UI was appropriated $35.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for use in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The university used $20 million of that amount to help its General Education Fund and other state-supported units transition to FY 2011 while minimizing disruptions for students and immediate layoffs.
Most of the remaining ARRA funding will now be used to fund proposals that emerged from a competitive process as the best ideas to promote both the longer term purposes of ARRA and the UI strategic plan. ARRA funds in the amount of $1.5 million have been set aside for allocation later this year.
UI President Sally Mason and her leadership team approved 18 proposals. Four of these proposals with infrastructure components require additional approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Academic and administrative units submitted more than 200 proposals, totaling $100 million, competing for the $15.5 million in available ARRA funding.
"The number and quality of the proposals make a powerful statement about the talent and creativity of the faculty and staff at this university. Regrettably, the meritorious proposals far exceeded the available ARRA funds, but we are excited that we will be able to fund these 18 remarkable projects," said Mason. "We want to thank everyone who prepared and submitted ARRA proposals."
Proposals that include an infrastructure component of $500,000 or more are subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, or by the Board Office. The Board of Regents is expected to consider those proposals that require formal action at its September meeting.
By creating efficiencies and new opportunities, the proposals will help the university aggregate budgets, avoid $2.6 million in recurring costs, and generate $2.7 million in net revenue beginning in FY 2011. The budget savings and net revenue generation will assist the university in avoiding greater than inflationary tuition rate increases for resident undergraduate students in FY 2011.
The proposals are clustered as follows:
1. Transforming undergraduate education with "Active Learning Centers": Innovative, collaborative, and cost-effective learning in high-tech classrooms.
2. Sustainability on campus: Energy conservation and water quality.
3. Educational opportunities for Iowans in their home communities.
4. Strengthening research capabilities and advanced education.
5. Beyond traditional markets: Recruiting of diverse domestic and international students.
More information about the ARRA funds competitive process and the approved proposals are available online at http://provost.uiowa.edu/work/strategic-initiatives/docs/ARRA-selected.pdf (pdf 68kb).
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