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By Deb Weis

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"We are seeing a huge return on our investment in faculty, staff, students and research resources."

--Fitzgerald B. Bramwell,
vice president for Research and
Graduate Studies

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Aug. 29, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – University of Kentucky faculty and staff experienced record success attracting research contracts, grants, and gifts during 1999-2000.  Extramural funding for research climbed to $155.2 million – a 17.4 percent increase over the previous year.

“This spectacular growth is the last chapter of a 10-year plan to magnify the research profile of this institution,” said Fitzgerald B. Bramwell, vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.  “We are seeing a huge return on our investment in faculty, staff, students, and research resources beginning with major recruitment efforts in the early ‘90s and new facilities such as the Health Sciences Research Building.”

UK received $82.4 million in grants and contracts from federal agencies, 55.4 percent of the extramural funding total.  “Federal funding is considered an important measure of success among top research universities,” Bramwell said.

Intellectual property activity is another indicator of a top research university.  During 1999-2000, 27 patents were issued to the university and another 30 applications were submitted for new patents.  UK holds 225 patents, primarily in the areas of pharmaceuticals, plant biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

UK-originated technologies that are licensed for use by business and industry generated $2.8 million in royalties during the past year. Top royalty-producing inventions include a nasal delivery method for pharmaceuticals, three vaccines for horses, and an implant device for treating eye diseases.

UK holds 67 license agreements with various companies, 12 that were issued during 1999-2000.  Eight licenses were issued to Kentucky businesses.

“This year’s success is a tribute to our top-notch faculty and staff who are dedicated to improving our lives through research,” Bramwell said.

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