Another Record in Grants and Contracts

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

Dr. William Markesbery, director, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, with help from Ann Tudor, histology technician at the Center, examines brain tissue from a patient with probable Alzheimer's disease. Markesbery has been researching the causes of dementia for over 30 years at UK.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2004) -- University of Kentucky researchers brought in a record $238.3 million in grants and contracts during fiscal year 2004, up 7 percent from the previous fiscal year.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. commended faculty and staff for their record achievement, noting that this is the third year in a row grants and contracts have exceeded $200 million.

“I can’t say enough good things about our research faculty and staff,” Todd said. “Their continued ability to excel in the competitive world of grants and contracts speaks volumes about their desire to improve the Commonwealth.”

What impresses Todd most, he said, is the type of research UK is conducting. “The programs and projects that continue to receive funding are the ones that will benefit all Kentuckians,” he said.

The majority of grants and contracts – 60.3 percent – were awarded by federal agencies and totaled $143.8 million. These federal awards increased by 9.7 percent.

The major federal agencies funding UK research are the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, agencies other than NIH in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, and the Small Business Administration.

UK also received grants and contracts from Kentucky organizations and agencies totaling $46.6 million. Research contracts from business and industry totaled $16.2 million.

“The increase in federal awards is especially important because it represents work that has been peer reviewed at a national level,” said UK Executive Vice President for Research Wendy Baldwin. “We see the growth in UK’s research enterprise not only in the dollar amount of new awards, but also in the number of faculty, postdocs, staff, and students involved in sponsored projects. More than 800 faculty were principal investigators on grants and contracts last year.”

New UK grants and contracts also have a tremendous impact on the state’s economy. During last fiscal year, research grants and contracts from out-of-state sources resulted in a $464.3 million contribution to the Kentucky economy, including $152.9 million in personal income. Externally supported research accounted for a total 8,172 jobs in the Commonwealth—6,241 jobs at UK and additional jobs throughout the state due to spending from supported research activities. (Source: IMPLAN Economic Impact Model, UK Center for Business and Economic Research).

For more information on UK’s FY 2004 sponsored projects and economic impact, including charts and graphs, see

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