Sponsored research awards to the college grew by 35 percent in fiscal year 2009, reflecting an upward trend that is continuing in the first half of this fiscal year.
Despite strong competition for federal funding, awards climbed from $42.8 million in FY08 to $57.7 million in FY09, a record high for the college. The increase reflects award growth in each of the college’s six departments.
In the first six months of this fiscal year (July through December 2009), the college already has received $31.3 million, which is up another 13 percent over the $27.5 million in awards received during the same six-month period last year.
“The growth in awards is a direct result of an increased commitment by faculty to write more proposals for novel research and heightened assistance from our Office of the Associate Dean for Research to identify opportunities and assist with the preparation of proposals,” says Dean Robert Davis.
In the latter part of 2009, the faculty also was successful in competing for stimulus funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.