CU Boulder researchers attracted a record $658 million in fiscal year 2022 for studies that, among other things, advance the science of measuring gravity waves and climate resilience.
The university obtained grants from a range of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry partners. NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Commerce, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy continue to be the largest federal funding sources for CU Boulder awards.
The CU Boulder funding is part of the $1.46 billion awarded to all four system campuses in fiscal year 2022.
“We’re thrilled to have again attracted record funding to support our research and innovation enterprise,” said Massimo Ruzzene, acting vice chancellor for Research and Innovation and dean of the research institutes. “This funding helps CU Boulder maintain a position of leadership in areas like aerospace, climate and biosciences, yet it reflects only part of the impact of our faculty, students, staff and partners, and the diversity of their scholarly contributions.”
At CU Boulder, here are a few research program highlights:
The 2021–22 system-wide total marks the sixth consecutive year that the CU system’s annual sponsored research funding and gifts have topped $1 billion. This year’s tally increased 1% over the previous year.
“CU’s faculty researchers are exceptional in the many ways they advance research, scholarship and creative work,” said CU President Todd Saliman. “Their work improves lives, saves lives and addresses some of the most serious issues facing society. They foster discovery and innovation that benefits Colorado and the world.”
A significant amount of sponsored research funding is directed to departments and researchers with unique expertise, such as biotechnology and aerospace, which stimulates industry.
Sponsored research funding from federal, state, international and foundation entities targets specific projects to advance research in laboratories and in the field. Research funding also helps pay for research-related capital improvements, scientific equipment, travel and salaries for research and support staff and student assistantships. CU cannot divert this funding to non-research-related expenses.