Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship
Funding levels remained strong in FY 2006, as total sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri-Columbia kept pace with last years' gains. In total, MU faculty investigators tallied more than $122 million in external support, a figure representing a drop of less than one percent As in the previous fiscal year, expenditures generated from federal sources -- most of which are awarded through the competitive grants process -- accounted for the bulk of sponsored research funding. 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 again comprised the top three divisions in expenditure totals, with both CAFNR and the College of Arts and Science increasing external support levels by significant amounts. 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 website.
Sponsored Research Expenditures, Shared and Full Credit
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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.
Sponsored research at MU is also a boon for students. Of the University's total expenditures in FY 2006, some $26 million went directly to students in the form of salaries and benefits for those working on research projects, along with student financial aid, such as stipends or scholarships. At MU, both undergraduate and graduate students offer valuable assistance on research projects undertaken by faculty scientists. In many cases, students complete valuable research projects of their own, presenting their work at national conferences and workshops.