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IN 2000-2001

By Maureen McArthur


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This is the fifth consecutive year that research funding has increased, with external research funding at UK almost doubling since 1996.

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Sept. 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.

This 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.

Federal agencies awarded UK faculty and staff $103.4 million last fiscal year, or 59.6 percent of the extramural funding total.

In 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.

Because 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 institutions.

Six 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.

According 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.

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