CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Release: July 25, 2000
UI external support totals $252.6 million for 1999-2000
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated
$252.6 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, development,
education and service during fiscal 2000. The total represents a slight (2.7
percent) decrease from 1999, but marks the second consecutive year during
which the UI recorded more than a quarter-billion dollars in external support
and the second-highest total ever recorded by the UI.
"Although we're down slightly from last year -- a year in which we
registered a 20 percent increase -- this is still a remarkable influx of research
dollars that represents impressive initiative and accomplishment by University
of Iowa faculty and staff in the writing and winning of grants and contracts,"
said Vice President for Research David J. Skorton. "We see nothing on
the horizon to indicate that this year's slight downturn is anything more
than a temporary plateau in the steadily growing research enterprise that
has been building here over the last decade."
The total for fiscal 2000, the12-month period ending June 30, 2000, surpassed
the $200 million mark for the fourth year in a row. 1n 1999 the UI attracted
$259.5 million in external funding, and overall external support figures for
fiscal years 1998 and 1997 were $217.3 million, $208 million, respectively.
The 2000 fiscal year also marked the 15th consecutive year in which the
UI has attracted more than $100 million in external support. Since 1967, when
overall records were first kept, the University has attracted $3.48 billion
in total external support.
UI President Mary Sue Coleman commented that UI external funding results
from the hard work of faculty and staff.
"In this fiercely competitive environment, I am thrilled that our sponsored
programs have topped $250 million for the second year in a row, thanks to
the initiative and ingenuity of our hard-working faculty and staff,"
she said. "As we hold this plateau in external support, and set our sights
on the next level, we must strengthen our partnership with the state and the
federal government. Both are crucial to our ability to provide ongoing support
for the talented people who continue to bring distinction to the university
and state, year after year."
Skorton said that UI external funding permits the university to accomplish
the many things that make Iowa a true international research institution.
"Support by the federal government and by the private sector through
partnerships with industry make it possible for our faculty, staff and students
to participate in the discovery and investigation that is the heart of laboratory
work," he said. "External support also facilitates scholarly and
creative activities in the social sciences and the arts and humanities. In
addition, such support enables students to be involved in research and creative
activities, thereby strengthening their educational experiences."
Commenting on the source of federal funding for research, Derek H. Willard,
special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate
vice president for research, said, "The overall trends in support for
university-based research remain strong, reflecting great support by the American
The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during
fiscal 2000 (compared to fiscal 1999 amounts) were:
| -- Public Health Service (includes NIH)
||$123.0 million (down 1%)
|-- Nat'l Science Foundation
|| $7.0 million (down 19%)
|-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin.
||$6.6 million (down 24%)
|-- Dept. of Education
||$10.7 million (up 1%)
|-- Dept. of Defense
||$4.5 million (down 27%)
||$34.0 million (down 14%)
||$23.9 million (up 8%)
||$25.2 million (up 14%)
|-- Other Private
||$9.2 million (up 10%)
|-- Misc. Fed
|| $8.4 million (down 6%)
Brian Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director of the
UI Division of Sponsored Programs, said that this year's report doesn't mean
that fewer federal dollars are flowing into the university, but instead is
a reflection of how and when the awards are recorded. He also credited UI
faculty and staff with applying for a total of $408 million in external funding
during fiscal 2000, up by $8 million from the previous year and a record-high