Reaching records in research

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UGA research funding reached a record high last year with researchers receiving more than $173 million from external sources. The previous peak, $150.6 million, was reached in fiscal year 2005. UGA ranks among the top 100 public and private research universities for federal research and development expenditures, placing 94th in the most recent National Science Foundation rankings, based on figures from fiscal year 2007.

Sponsored research funding stems from contracts and grants awarded to the university primarily by federal, state or local government agencies; state, national or international private foundations; or individual donors from Georgia and elsewhere. Economics experts at UGA estimate that every research dollar brought in by UGA researchers generates almost $2 that is spent in Georgia on services, equipment and support personnel. Of the $173 million received by UGA in fiscal year 2009, $100.6 million, or 60 percent, was from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Education, Defense and Commerce.

Complete information on award data can be found at http://www.ovpr.uga.edu/communications/facts/reports/2009.