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“When we look at all of our research – not just federally funded research – we had $238 million in new grants and contracts last year, and we are 14 percent above that so far this year."
-- Wendy Baldwin,
executive vice president for research,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2005) -- Fueled by continued growth at the University of Kentucky, the state of Kentucky has made a significant jump in national rankings that measure the amount of research dollars generated.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is 30th – up from 33rd – in the most recent rankings of federal spending obligations by the National Science Foundation (NSF). At the same time, UK moved up to 28th from 31st in the NSF rankings of top public research universities.
The most recent rankings, which examine federal research grants and contracts awarded, cover fiscal year 2002.
Kentucky is the only state in the nation to move up as many as three spots, said Wendy Baldwin, UK’s Executive Vice President for Research.
Kentucky received a total of $191 million in federal awards – $132 million or 69 percent of which were federal awards to UK, according to the NSF rankings.
“The NSF rankings demonstrate the growing commitment our universities and our state have to supporting and conducting top-quality research,” Baldwin said. “Even more important than the numbers and rankings, the discoveries from this kind of research will ultimately translate into economic development and health solutions that will make our lives, our children’s lives, and our grandchildren’s lives better.
“When we look at all of our research – not just federally funded research – we had $238 million in new grants and contracts last year, and we are 14 percent above that so far this year," Baldwin said.
This week, the university dedicated the $74.4 million Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB), which will house some of the university’s leading researchers who bring millions of dollars in federal funding to UK.
Located on South Limestone and across from Kentucky Clinic, the structure houses 185,000 square feet of laboratory and workspace for prominent faculty scientists from the UK College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Arts and Sciences.
“Of course, most states and universities across the country are aggressively trying to increase their level of research because there’s a realization that this kind of research translates into tangible results that positively influence people’s lives,” Baldwin said. “But it’s encouraging that the Commonwealth – led by the efforts of the University of Kentucky – is beginning to make its presence felt on the national stage in this arena.
“Our communities and our state will be better for that commitment.”