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External funding reaches $57.2 million in fiscal year 2006
Faculty, staff submit record-high number of grant proposals

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2007) -- External funding for Ohio University's research and sponsored programs is on a steady climb, reaching a new high of $57.2 million during fiscal year 2006. 

Faculty and staff pulled in 610 awards, a 3.6 percent increase from 2005, when the university received 589 awards and $57 million.  Faculty and staff also submitted a record-high number of grant proposals in the past two years. They produced 930 proposals in 2006 and 926 in 2005. That's a jump from 2004, when faculty and staff submitted 823 proposals.

Of the total 2006 funding, $25.6 million went for research and $31 million for sponsored programs, which are educational and service activities such as literacy programs, clinical services and community outreach initiatives. 

Gains were marked in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which the university has targeted for research growth. Funding increased from $1.9 million to $2.6 million for health and medical studies. 

Notable awards in fiscal year 2006 include a $1.67 million National Science Foundation grant for faculty and graduate students in two colleges, Russ College of Engineering and Technology and College of Education, to develop new middle school science curricula that use video games as an instructional tool. Christopher France, a professor of psychology, and colleagues received $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to study how to prevent adverse reactions in people donating blood for the first time. 

Early data from the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs show an upswing in awards activity for the current fiscal year 2007. In the last six months, Ohio University received 347 awards totaling $33.6 million compared with 267 awards and $26.2 million during the same time last year. 

In fiscal year 2007, the university will support research by using Vision Ohio funds to bolster graduate student research, scholarship and creative activity, and is raising funds for the construction of a new building that will integrate interdisciplinary research and education for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Russ College of Engineering and Technology. 

The fiscal year 2006 awards report is available online: www.ohiou.edu/research/documents/awardsreport_FY06.pdf.

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Media Contact: Director of Research Communications Andrea Gibson at 740-597-2166 or gibsona@ohio.edu

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