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Record in Research Award Dollars

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Photo of Edward DeMoll, an associate professor of chemistry, performing chemical research in a UK laboratory.
(photo courtesy of Odyssey magazine,
Lee P. Thomas Photography)
Edward DeMoll, an associate professor of chemistry, performing
chemical research in a UK laboratory.

Photo of Wendy Baldwin
Wendy Baldwin
Executive Vice President for Research

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“The faculty and staff involved in our research enterprise should celebrate this outstanding achievement. They are to be congratulated on their accomplishments over the past year that contributed to this success.This is really a significant amount of money, given the economy and given some of the challenges that the university has faced with funding in the past few years.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

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July 17, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky set another record in research grants and contracts with a fiscal year 2002-03 total of $222.7 million, up 5 percent from the previous fiscal year.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. commended the faculty and staff of the university for the record achievement in research.

“The faculty and staff involved in our research enterprise should celebrate this outstanding achievement,” said Todd. “They are to be congratulated on their accomplishments over the past year that contributed to this success.”

Todd said this revenue is vital to the university as UK strives to become a leading research institution. “This is really a significant amount of money, given the economy and given some of the challenges that the university has faced with funding in the past few years.”

The majority of grants and contracts were funded by federal agencies. Awards from federal agencies totaled $131.1 million and accounted for 58.9 percent of UK’s total awards.

The major federal agencies sponsoring UK research are the Department of Health and Human Services (including the 21 National Institutes of Health); the National Science Foundation; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; departments of Education, Energy and Defense; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the Small Business Administration.
UK also received grants and contracts from Kentucky agencies and organizations. These awards totaled $53.1 million in fiscal year 2003. In addition, UK researchers received $38.5 million from businesses, industries and foundations.

“I am very pleased to see research growing at UK,” said Wendy Baldwin, Executive Vice President for Research. “The total is especially encouraging because the growth is so widespread. Faculty all across the campus are continuing – and expanding – their involvement in research. Also, our support from all the major federal funding sources has increased. It is important that we have a strong sustainable research base.”

Success in UK research efforts has a significant impact on Kentucky citizens. Each research dollar spent is turned over an estimated three times in the Kentucky economy. Also, research dollars contribute to the expertise in research and in clinical medicine for the major health issues of this region and the nation.

“This is an exciting time for UK,” Baldwin said. “We look forward to seeing the results of our research efforts and the changes that they make in the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the nation.”


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