Research Funding up for Second Year

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UGA researchers brought in almost $176 million in research awards from external sources in fiscal year 2010, which ended June 1. It was the second record-setting year for UGA, despite the poor economy.    Last year’s peak, $174.6 million, represented a significant jump from the previous high of $150.6 million in fiscal year 2005. UGA continues to rank among the top 100 public and private research universities for federal research and development expenditures, placing 97th in the most recent National Science Foundation rankings, which are based on figures from fiscal year 2008. 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.    UGA faculty received awards from almost 30 federal agencies. More than 50 percent of the 2010 federal research awards given to UGA were from the National Institutes of Health— the highest percentage ever. Slightly more than one third of all research funding came from private foundations. State sources accounted for nearly 6 percent.    Almost $24 million of the research total was federal stimulus funding competitively awarded to UGA researchers, offsetting declines in awards from foundations, international organizations and state agencies.    For more information on awards, go to http://www.ovpr.uga.edu/communications/FY10SponsoredAwardsReport.