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July 20, 2010

UI external support jumps 9 percent to record $466.5 million

University of Iowa faculty generated impressive growth in extramural support in fiscal year 2010. Total external funding achieved -- yet another all-time record -- is $466.5 million, which represents an impressive 9 percent increase over 2009 and continues a trend of increases that has almost doubled annual award dollars within a decade.

[Click here to listen to an audio recording of the news conference where external support details were announced this morning.]

cohenJordan Cohen, interim vice president for research and economic development, observed: "This extraordinary continuing success, in the face of budget constraints and increasing demands on the entire institution, is a tribute to the creativity and innovative ideas of our faculty. It was facilitated by extraordinary support from staff and students within the colleges and
departments, as well as throughout the entire Office of the Vice President for Research."

The total for fiscal 2010, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, exceeded one-third of a billion dollars for the ninth consecutive year. Since 1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted $7.1 billion in total external support. This outstanding productivity continues to place the University of Iowa among the nation's elite public research universities and is especially significant in the face of challenging economic conditions in Iowa and the serious impact of the flood of 2008.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey (2008), the UI is ranked 20th among public universities in terms of federally financed expenditures for research and development. From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2009 award data, the UI ranks 13th in NIH awards among all public universities.

The major up-tick in funding includes more than $40 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided an extraordinary opportunity for faculty to compete for higher risk research funding aimed at advancing health and science and helping stimulate the economic recovery. Our faculty competed very effectively for these funds, garnering 165 ARRA grants, including 11 prestigious NIH Challenge Grants," Cohen said.

Derek Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, thanked the Iowa Congressional delegation for their continuing support of the university's efforts to secure disaster relief and credited them for ensuring that federal support would be available to make this research possible. "Advances in science and engineering made possible through federal funding diversify Iowa's economic portfolio while having a direct impact on the health and well-being of its citizens," he said.

UI President Sally Mason said, "This remarkable streak of record-breaking external support demonstrates how the talented members of the University of Iowa continue to pursue discovery and knowledge with both great skill and passion. Our success in nearly doubling our grants and contracts in the past 10 years shows how, even as we faced significant challenges in the past two years, the UI is an institution that achieves its aspirations of excellence and increasing impact on the lives of people across our state, as well as throughout the nation and world."

Especially significant were the increases seen from many of UI's major funding agencies relative to fiscal year 2009. These included:

--Department of Health & Human Services (includes $219 million from NIH):
$240.5 million (up 11.7 percent).

--National Science Foundation: $14 million (up 12 percent).

--NASA: $9.6 million (up 4.6 percent).

--Department of Education: $22.4 million (up 19.1 percent).

--Department of Defense: $8.2 million (down 8.9 percent).

--States: $61 million (up 27 percent).

--Industry: $30.8 million (down 19.7 percent).

--Private Organizations: $32.5 million (down 19.1 percent).

Twila Reighley, director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, noted that fiscal year 2010 applications were down compared to fiscal 2009, which is attributable to the record 2009 year applications for federal stimulus funding. Compared to 2008, grant applications in fiscal year 2010 increased by 25 percent. "We are fortunate to have strong faculty, staff and students pursuing external resources to generate knowledge and discoveries and improve employment in Iowa," Reighley said.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan Cohen, interim vice president for research and economic development, 319-335-2132,; 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