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External funding for research, sponsored programs reaches $57 million in fiscal year 2005

ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2005) -- External funding for research and sponsored programs at Ohio University exceeded $57 million in fiscal year 2005, which also marked the highest amount of research and creative activity on campus to date.

Research funding from federal, state and private sponsors accounted for $29.4 million of the overall figure, while sponsored programs - which include the university's educational and service activities, such as literacy programs, clinical services and community outreach initiatives - totaled $27.5 million.

At a time when Ohio University President Roderick McDavis has called for a doubling of research activity over the next five years, faculty, staff and students submitted a record high of 926 grant proposals to external funding agencies, up from 823 in 2004. Researchers received 589 awards, up from 528 the previous year.

"Faculty have responded well to President McDavis' call to enhance research at Ohio University. The increased activity will undoubtedly aid our rise into the ranks of nationally prominent research institutions," said Jack Bantle, vice president for research at Ohio University.

The College of Arts and Sciences pulled in the highest level of funding for research and sponsored programs per college, with $16.2 million. The college received $10.53 million for research programs in areas such as physics and astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry and psychology, and $5.67 million for sponsored programs.

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology recorded the highest increase in research activity per college, rising about $3 million from the previous year. Of its $15 million total for research and sponsored programs, $14.9 million came in from federal, state and corporate sponsors for research in areas such as aviation systems and oil pipeline corrosion.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine pulled in the third highest amount of external funding, $8.8 million, $1.9 million of which was for research, primarily in the biomedical sciences.

More than half of the university's overall research funding, $17.8 million, came in through its centers and institutes, several of which marked notable increases in the past year.

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology's Avionics Engineering Center, a one-of-a-kind facility that studies new navigation and landing systems for the aviation industry, pulled in a record high of $9.2 million. The center, which is supported by federal sponsors such as NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration, has doubled its external research funding in the past five years.

The George Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs increased funding from $5 million to $5.9 million after receiving several contracts from the state and federal Environmental Protection Agency for watershed research. The WOUB Center for Public Media (formerly the Telecommunications Center), rose from $1.6 million to $2.1 million, due to new funding received for a digital public television conversion project.

For both research and sponsored programs, $33 million of the $57 million total came from federal funding agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration ($6.1 million), National Institutes of Health ($4.9 million) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($3.9 million).

State and local funding sources provided $11.6 million, including the Ohio Board of Regents ($5.9 million), Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services ($1.5 million) and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority ($1.1 million). Business and industry funding accounted for $3.9 million, and foundations and other private sources provided $8.4 million to the total.

The university's external research funding has increased significantly since 1997, when investigators brought in $34.4 million in grants.

A full report on the fiscal year 2005 external funding figures is available online at www.ohiou.edu/research/documents/awardsreport_FY05.pdf

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Media Contact: Director of Research Communication Andrea Gibson, (740) 597-2166 or gibsona@ohio.edu

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