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November 2010 Issue

Ten Year Research Graph
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$443 Million: UC Reaches a Record Research Total

Published November 2010

The University of Cincinnati and its affiliates topped $443 million in research funding for fiscal year 2010—a rise of more than $65 million over last year’s total.


Vice President for Research Sandra Degen, PhD, presented 2010 data to the UC community Tuesday, Oct. 19. She credits much of this year’s increase to funds awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


While UC’s research total is inclusive of its research affiliates, UC alone, with $284 million, experienced a 19 percent increase for 2010.The university received more than $44 million in ARRA dollars.


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.


Among UC’s health colleges, the College of Medicine holds the largest amount of research funding with $169 million.


During her presentation, Degen highlighted the university’s new strategic plan, UC2019►, which includes goals for the research enterprise under the category of discovery.


"The Office of Research is aligning our planning with the goals set forth by UC2019,” says Degen. "We will be developing strategies for creating partnerships that will result in increased funds for research from a variety of sources.


"It is also key that we continue to reward faculty for their efforts at commercialization and encourage students at the undergraduate level to get involved in research so that we can continue to increase the opportunities available.”

In 2010, UC became a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors and inducted 123 patent-holding faculty into the academy locally. The Office of Research also began a monthly recognition program for undergraduate student researchers.

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


UC2019Goals for Discovery                                      Standing Today

Total Research Funding                         $500 million        $443 million

Total Research Expenditures                  $500 million        $357 million (2009)

Federal Research Expenditures              $350 million        $229 million (2009)

Corporate Investment in UC                    $20 million          $15 million


This is just a sampling of the discovery goals. To see the full listing, visit

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