27, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky faculty and staff experienced
record success attracting research contracts, grants,
and gifts during 2000-2001. Extramural funding for
research climbed to $181 million - a 16.6 percent
increase over the previous year.
also is the fifth consecutive year that research funding
has increased, with external research funding at UK
almost doubling since 1996. Research grants and contracts
made up $173.6 million of the total. Another $7.4
million was given to the university as gifts to be
used specifically for research.
agencies awarded UK faculty and staff $103.4 million
last fiscal year, or 59.6 percent of the extramural
addition, the UK College of Medicine is ranked No.
26 among public medical schools, and No. 53 among
all medical schools, for National Institutes of Health
funding during fiscal year 2000. The UK College of
Medicine received $48.2 million in NIH funding for
fiscal year 2000, an increase of 36 percent from fiscal
year 1999 when the college received $35.5 million.
the NIH is the primary agency for funding biomedical
research, the amount of NIH support for basic research
can serve as a valuable indicator of the national
research standing of universities and biomedical research
research areas at the UK College of Medicine were
ranked in the Top 20 for NIH funding among departments
at public institutions: Department of Physiology is
ranked No. 2; Other Health Professions (Aging) is
ranked No. 3; Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
is ranked No. 10; Department of Molecular and Biomedical
Pharmacology is ranked No. 11; Department of Microbiology
and Immunology is ranked No. 18; and Public Health/Preventive
Medicine programs are ranked No. 20.
Also, UK was ranked No. 10 among public institutions
with Departments of Psychology, which is the NIH reporting
category for support to U.S. higher education institutions
that includes the UK College of Medicine Department
of Behavioral Science and the UK College of Arts and
Sciences Department of Psychology.
to the UK Center for Business and Economic Research,
research grants and contracts from out-of-state sources
resulted in a $327.7 million contribution to the Kentucky
economy in fiscal 2000-2001, an increase of 19 percent
from the previous year. This impact includes $100.8
million in personal income and 5,381 jobs, 3,798 of
which are directly related to research.