Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship
Total sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri-Columbia increased four percent in FY 2007 to a new record high of more than $127 million in external support.
As in previous fiscal years, expenditures generated from federal sources — the majority of which are awarded through the competitive grants process — accounted for the bulk of sponsored research funding.
Faculty scientists and scholars working in medicine, arts and science, agriculture and engineering accounted for just under 73 percent of total sponsored research expenditures. The School of Medicine, with more than $31 million in FY 2007 expenditures, posted particularly noteworthy gains in external support for research. Medicine, along with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the College of Arts and Science again comprised the top three divisions in expenditure totals. For more detailed information, including expenditure and awards data for individual MU departments, please visit our newly redesigned and updated Annual Report Web Query Tool.
Sponsored Research Expenditures, Shared and Full Credit
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Because investigations in these divisions and others have become increasingly interdisciplinary, the MU Office of Sponsored Program Administration calculates both “shared” and “full” credit figures for sponsored-research dollars expended by MU’s schools and colleges.
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.