Research Report '04
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Investigators Continue on Path to 'Higher Level of Excellence'

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Expenditures and Awards

Investigators Continue on Path to 'Higher Level of Excellence'

MU Faculty Tally $162 Million in External Sponsorship for FY 2004

By Jim Coleman, Vice Provost for Research

At the September 17 ribbon cutting ceremony for the University of Missouri-Columbia's sumptuous new Life Sciences Center, Mike Chippendale, the center's senior associate director and a driving force in making the $60 million facility a reality, spoke of the "higher level of excellence" to which the University's faculty should now aspire.

"There is no other institution in the state that can match MU in life sciences research with respect to the combination of quality; uniqueness; breadth; integration of research, education and service; and the potential impact on economic development," he said.

Chippendale's rejoinder to the assembled dignitaries on that sunny afternoon might just as well have been directed to all of the University's faculty scientists and scholars, the hundreds of dedicated investigators with whom I, as MU's chief research officer, am privileged to work every day.

Chart: A Leader in Long-Term Federal Growth.Research and scholarship, innovation and discovery: these terms define the mission of all great universities. At MU, they also represent the single most important ingredient in our efforts to more fully engage students in the classroom and to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

I think you'll agree that this, our annual report of grants and contracts for the 2004 fiscal year, shows that in the life sciences as elsewhere we have done much to attain a level of excellence that surpasses our already exemplary record of achievement.

Last year, for example, expenditures from external sponsors -- dollars from non-MU sources spent by investigators during the course of their work -- surpassed $162 million, an increase of 18 percent over our five-year expenditure average and the second-largest total ever recorded at MU. Our sponsored research spending from federal sources alone in FY 2004 topped $129 million. Based on the most recent data from the NSF, MU is ranked No. 2 among public universities in the Association of American Universities in growth of federal research for the past ten years.

MU's relationship to the NSF has been particularly fruitful. During the previous fiscal year, MU was among the nation's top 25 institutions in National Science Foundation funding for life sciences investigations. The University led the nation in awards from the National Science Foundation for plant genomic research.

In addition, during the past five years MU has received more research funding from the NSF than any other higher-education institution in the state of Missouri. And MU currently boasts seven faculty members who have received prestigious NSF CAREER grants -- a five-year, up to $500,000 award to younger faculty members who have proven their mettle as both world-class scientists and inspiring teachers.

Some examples of other FY 2004 awards and research projects on the MU campus include the following:


MU has had many other researchers in a multitude of fields who are making signifcant contributions. Among them are a scientist whose work could make osteoarthritis a disease of the past, help patients recover from strokes and heart attacks more quickly, and boost world food stocks by improving the sustainability and yield of agricultural crops. In addition, our humanities faculty boasts world-class researchers such as English professors Timothy Materer, who was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2004-05, and John Miles Foley, holder of the William H. Byler Chair in the Humanities and director of MU's Center for Studies in Oral Tradition. Professor Foley has held Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Mellon and Fulbright fellowships, and he has published 18 books.

"We continue to be strong in our research funding awards and productivity," says Chancellor Brady Deaton. "Our success in research across campus is a direct result of the quality of our world-class faculty."

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