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November 2009 Issue

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UC Nets Record Gains in Research Funding

Published November 2009

The University of Cincinnati (UC) and its affiliates brought in $378 million in research funding for 2009—$25 million more than 2008 and another record high for the university. UC alone rose 11 percent to $238 million.  

The Academic Health Center and affiliates accounted for $278.5 million (74 percent) of the university’s total—with Hoxworth Blood Center and UC’s four health colleges all recording gains for the year.

The 2009 data was presented in mid-October to the entire UC community 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 at the presentation. “Their hard work and innovative spirit is reflected in the university’s research success.”

The National Institutes of Health remains the top source of sponsored research to UC. In 2009, UC investigators brought in $105 million from the funder of biomedical research.

The College of Medicine increased its research holdings to $130 million, with support for clinical trials bringing that total to $137 million.

Within the college, it was the department of environmental health sciences leading the pack. There, investigators brought in $19.5 million.

Departments with more than $10 million in funding include: cancer and cell biology, internal medicine, neurology, pathology and laboratory medicine, and psychiatry.

The College of Allied Health Sciences rose 82 percent to more than $2 million. Nursing experienced a 63 percent increase. Hoxworth Blood Center climbed 26 percent and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, 16 percent.

The UC 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 UC 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.
Research funding totals from 2008 to 2009 for each health college and Hoxworth Blood Center are as follows:

                        2008       2009
Allied Health    $1.2 M    $2.1 M
Hoxworth         $1.9 M    $2.4 M
Medicine*     $131.9 M   $137.5 M
Nursing        $890,140    $1.5 M
Pharmacy        $1.6 M    $1.9 M
*Number includes clinical trials.

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