Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship
Total sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri-Columbia set a new record high as investigators in FY 2005 tallied more than $123 million in external support. The figure represents an increase of close to seven percent over the previous year's $115 million total. Expenditures generated from federal sources -- most of which are awarded through the competitive grants process -- 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.
The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Science all posted record expenditure totals for FY 2005, with each division raising its level of external support by more than $2 million during the fiscal year. For more detailed information, including data for departments within MU's schools and colleges, please visit our "web query tool" at the publications section of the Office of Research web site.
Because investigations in these divisions and others have become increasingly interdisciplinary, the Office of Research has calculated both "shared" and "full" credit figures for sponsored-research dollars expended by MU's schools and colleges (please see the 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.
"Mizzou is attracting unprecedented levels of research funding which in turn are leading to new discoveries," MU Chancellor Brady Deaton recently told a gathering that included Missouri Governor Matt Blunt. "Many of these discoveries are in the life sciences fields -- discoveries that could lead to new treatments for diseases or create a better quality of life for Missourians. Surrounding communities and counties benefit directly by the jobs that will be developed through the technology business incubator; the state will benefit by the addition of spin-off businesses."