Research Report '04
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Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship

Facilities and Administration Cost Recoveries Continue Upward Trend

Despite Expenditure Dip, Fed Support Stays Strong


Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship

Total sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri-Columbia remained near the all-time high recorded during the previous fiscal year, with investigators in FY 2004 tallying more than $115 million in external support.

Expenditures generated from federal sources -- most as a result of competitive grants -- accounted for the bulk of sponsored research funding. As in previous years, faculty scientists and scholars working in medicine, agriculture, arts and science and engineering accounted for slightly more than 75 percent of total sponsored research expenditures.

Because the work of investigations in these divisions and others has become increasingly interdisciplinary, the Office of Research has for the first time calculated both "shared" and "full" credit figures for sponsored-research dollars expended by MU's schools and colleges (please see table on the opposite page). Shared credit numbers represent each academic unit's portion of the total amount expended on MU research. Full credit numbers, on the other hand, seek to assign a dollar value to the "productivity" of investigators working across disciplines, thus allowing the full value of a project to be reported multiple times for multiple units. Taken together, these numbers help demonstrate the dollar value of collaboration and interdisciplinary efforts at MU.

"The bottom line is that we continue to be a really high quality research institution," says James Coleman, vice provost for research. "We were second in research growth among all AAU public universities; we were in the top 25 in annual life sciences funding from the National Science Foundation; we were No. 1 last year, according to the NSF, in plant genomic research; just two years ago we were second in research funding related to elementary and secondary school science education; and our psychology department is among the top 25 recipients of NIH funding in the country.


These and other successful MU research programs, Coleman adds, provide tangible benefits to the entire University community and the public it serves. Last year, for example, research at MU created some $380 million in economic impact in Missouri -- activity that helped to create, according to an internal economic analysis, more than 8,000 jobs in Columbia and around the state.

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