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Release: July 16, 2001

UI has record year with external support totaling $277.9 million for 2000-2001

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students generated a record $277.9 million in grants, gifts and contracts for UI research, development, education and service during fiscal 2001, a 10.3 percent increase from 2000.

"I am delighted with our researchers' efforts over the past year to win grants and contracts that not only reflect an all-time record for the university, but also exceed last year's total by more than 10 percent," said David Skorton, vice president for research. "Most of the credit, of course, goes to our excellent faculty and staff who are competing impressively in a very competitive national and international environment. But I also want to pay tribute to our staff in the Division of Sponsored Programs, the Clinical Trials Office, and other units of the Research Office, who keep our research enterprise on track. It was a great year for the university and the state."

The total for fiscal 2001, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2001, surpassed the quarter-billion dollar mark for the third year in a row. In 2000 and 1999, the UI attracted $252.6 and $259.5 million, respectively, in external funding and overall external support.

The 2001 fiscal year also marked the15th consecutive year in which the UI has attracted more than $100 million in external support. Since1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted $3.75 billion in total external support.

According to the most recently available National Science Foundation (NSF) statistics (1999) for science and engineering, the UI ranks 15th among public universities in federal external support and sixth in the Big Ten among the public institutions.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said: "These excellent numbers reveal that University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students are fully engaged with the discovery of new knowledge. As our external support increases, our contributions to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world increase. I am proud that we are fulfilling our mission as a public research university so effectively."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, said that although this year was a banner year, the outlook for federal support for research is now more uncertain than in recent years.

"Though the President's budget has a recommendation for a 13.5 percent increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), some of these funds will actually support other activities within the Department of Health and Human Services." He noted that the National Science Foundation had a recommendation for a 1.2 percent increase that will not keep pace with inflation and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slated for a 3.9 percent cut. "This is a definite change of direction," Willard said.

The principal external funding sources for UI research and development during fiscal 2000 (compared to fiscal 1999 amounts) were:

-- Department of Health and Human Services(includes NIH): $137.6 million (up 11% )
-- Nat'l Science Foundation: $9.3 million (up 33%)
-- Nat'l Aeronautics & Space Admin.: $9.6 million (up 46%)
-- Dept. of Education: $10.9 million (up 2%)
-- Dept. of Defense: $3.2 million (down 29%)
-- Industry: $31.0 million (down 9%) -- State: $25.8 million (up 8%)
-- Private Organizations: $30.4 million (up 21%)
-- Other Non-federal : $12.2 million (up 33%)
-- Misc. Fed: $8.2 million (down 2%)

Brian Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director of the UI Division of Sponsored Programs, said that much of this year's record increase resulted from successful peer-reviewed research efforts, thus reaffirming one of the university's central missions.

"Clearly, this has been an outstanding year, as reflected not only in major federal agency support, but also in private, non-profit agency support. Much of the increase in funding was due to those activities that support basic, fundamental research, which goes to the heart of the university enterprise," Harvey said.