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Feb. 21, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU research expenditures for 2004 reach $274 million to set record

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas set a record of $274 million for total research expenditures in fiscal year 2004, an increase of 6.2 percent from $258 million in total expenditures in FY2003.

Especially noteworthy were KU's research expenditures from grants and contracts from the federal government, which reached a record $155.2 million, an increase of 14.4 percent from $135.7 million in FY2003.

" Today's announcement reflects KU's stature as a world-class research university," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "The continued upward trend in research expenditures -- especially from federal government sources -- is a testament to our faculty's outstanding efforts across a broad range of disciplines."

Reporting the level of expenditures, rather than awards received, is the national norm because it provides a more accurate picture of research activity in a given year, said Jim Roberts, vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research.

The federal government ranks research institutions based on expenditures in the science and engineering fields. At KU, science and engineering expenditures increased by 9.7 percent to $102 million from $92.9 million in FY 2003. In addition, training and other research expenditures jumped 24.4 percent to $53.2 million from $42.8 million in FY 2003.

" In large part at the national level, a university's research activity is measured by grants and contracts from federal agencies," Roberts said. "When KU earns funding from prestigious agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, it enhances the university's reputation and allows it to compete for even bigger and better grants."

KU's most recent federal research ranking among national public research universities, compiled in FY2002, stood at 45th overall and 29th in life sciences research.

Roberts cited two notable federal research grants for projects on the Lawrence campus started last year. The first, to create an NSF Engineering Research Center, will develop environmentally friendly and economically viable chemical processes for industry. The second, an NIH Health Chemical Methodologies and Library Development Center of Excellence, will help assemble extensive libraries of molecules that scientists can use to develop new drugs.

At the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence focuses on building the careers of young scientists and strengthening research infrastructure, including the statewide bioinformatics network.

" We are excited by the momentum we have in our research efforts, especially our programs in cancer, neuroscience and reproductive biology," said Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center.

In addition to federal government expenditures, KU had $26.9 million in expenditures from non-federal sources in FY2004, including $7.9 million from state and local governments, $5.3 million from industry and $13.7 million from not-for-profit organizations.

KU also had almost $91.8 million in research expenditures from institutional sources.

Total research expenditures for KU in FY2004: $274 million

Federal government: $155.2 million (includes $102 million in science and engineering research expenditures and $53.2 million in training and other research)

Non-federal: $26.9 million

Institutional funds: $91.8 million

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