U of U health research funding reaches new high


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Sep 20, 2021 10:00 AM

Adapted from a press release from University Marketing and Communications.

U of U health science research funding has grown steadily since fiscal 2013. Credit: Jessica Cagle

Research funding for the University of Utah continues to grow, totaling $ 641 million in fiscal year 2021 (FY21), which ended June 30. The total is a new record for the U, which has reached milestones of $ 600 million in funding last year and $ 500 million three years ago.

“Our remarkable research community is why the U is a global leader in discovery and innovation,” said Andy Weyrich, PhD, vice president of research and professor of internal medicine.

67% of U’s research funding comes from U of U Health, which has grown steadily for nine consecutive years, reaching $ 428 million in fiscal year 21. In health sciences , 1,740 scholarships fund 2,054 proposals.

“The past 18 months have been tough for all of us, but our researchers continue to excel,” says Willard Dere, MD, FACP, associate vice president for research at U of U Health. “Their innovations will help us overcome the many effects of the pandemic and will continue to make a difference in a wide variety of areas that impact health and our communities.”

Read the U Research Update 2021 from the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“Our remarkable research community is why U is a global leader in discovery and innovation.”

Sources of research funding

According to vice-president of the design office, federal funding is the largest source of research grants at U, comprising 68% of funding. More than half of federal funding (52%) came from the National Institutes of Health and 16% from the US Department of Energy.

Funding for U of U research comes from a variety of sources.

Rising to the occasion when needed, the COVID-19 pandemic has become an active area of ​​research in various disciplines across the U, bringing in $ 45 million from external funding sources. Of all the research grants awarded in FY21, the U School of Medicine received the most funding with $ 289 million, followed by Huntsman Cancer Institute with $ 83 million.

Economic impact

Research grants have been awarded to over 1,000 principal investigators in various disciplines across campus. The funding supports nearly 8,000 employees and over 4,000 interns, including postdoctoral fellows, students and research assistants.

U research is the engine of economic growth and development. In FY20, U research grants contributed $ 228 million in wages and salaries, which contributed $ 31 million in state and local sales taxes, according to the Kem C. Gardner Political Institute. Since 2000, U has launched 300 companies and more than 750 products, generating around 37,000 life science jobs.

The University of Utah's research enterprise powers local and state economies.

“We are very proud of our research community for taking another historic milestone,” says Weyrich. “We look forward to seeing the exciting discoveries and innovations that will be developed with this financial support. “

– Written by Paul Gabrielsen

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