CINCINNATI—UC and its affiliates recorded $378 million in research funding for fiscal year 2009—marking another record high and moving total funding up $25 million over 2008.
Data for 2009 was presented to the UC community Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, by Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research.
“This year’s increase is truly a testament to the excellence of our distinguished faculty,” said Degen. “Their hard work and innovative spirit is reflected in the university’s research success.”
While UC’s research total is inclusive of its research affiliates, UC alone, with $238 million in funding, saw an 11 percent increase for 2009. State research support increased from $8.5 million in 2008 to $35 million in 2009, due in large part to a $28 million Ohio Research Scholars Program grant.
Success in 2009 can also be attributed to gains at the college level, particularly for engineering and medicine. The College of Engineering—home to the research scholars funding—increased its sponsored research from $30.5 to $48 million. The College of Medicine increased its research holdings to $130 million. Support for clinical trials brings that total to $137 million.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains the top source of sponsored research to UC. In 2009, UC investigators brought in $105 million from the funder of biomedical research.
The UC Academic Health Center and affiliates—supported in large part by NIH grants—account for $278.5 million (74 percent) of UC’s total research dollars.
It’s expected that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, now being awarded for fiscal year 2010, will help the university maintain its momentum moving into the coming year.
“We’ve already received 66 awards totaling $17.7 million in ARRA funding for 2010, with another $8.8 million committed for 2011,” said Degen. “This funding boost has really re-energized our researchers.”
Degen looks for fiscal year 2010 to show an increase in proposals submitted and grants awarded and predicts another year of increased NIH funding.
The Office of Research continues to provide support to faculty working to obtain preliminary data required for federal grant applications. The office’s University Research Council awarded nearly $700,000 in grants in 2008–09 and continues to offer workshops to give faculty the tools needed to write successful proposals.
Research has also been identified as an important funding initiative for the university’s billion-dollar “Proudly Cincinnati” campaign, with the goal of supporting research infrastructure, offering undergraduate scholarships, and building endowment funds for the recruitment of internationally recognized faculty involved in interdisciplinary research.
Affiliates included in UC’s research-dollar total are Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati and clinical trials at UC Health University of Cincinnati Physicians, the private-practice group for clinical faculty members at the College of Medicine.
UC is designated a “very high research activity” university by the Carnegie Commission and is listed by the National Science Foundation as a top public institution for federal research expenditures.
Learn more about UC research at www.research.uc.edu.