Student Support & Academic Enterprise

Hands-on learning with MU’s Susan C. McKarns, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology. From left: Alyssa Foster, McKarns, Jacob Dey, and Lauren Stephenson. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

A Better Way to Calculate Support for Science and Scholarship

This year’s annual report contains new measures and data categories that we believe provide a more accurate and comprehensive view of the size and scope of MU’s funding from external sources in support of faculty research and scholarly activity. These include two new categories with which the reader of previous reports may be unfamiliar: academic enterprise and student financial aid.

Funding for student financial aid includes federal aid programs and scholarships such as Pell grants, work study employment and the Robert C. Byrd Honors program. The category also includes state programs, among them Missouri’s Bright Flight Scholarship program and the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program. For purposes of this report, student financial aid amounts do not include tuition waivers, tuition costs charged to sponsored projects, or revenue from tuition and fees. Why include these funds? Like many research-extensive universities, MU makes research an integrated component of our full academic experience. Many of our students directly contribute to sponsored research projects, and all students benefit from facilities that can be found only at a research-extensive university like MU.

The academic enterprise category represents external funding of “enterprise-like operations” in support of scholarly endeavors. These include, for example, federal and state support of the Agricultural Experiment Station and MU Extension, along with external support for MU Research Reactor Center operations. Note that sponsored projects associated with these entities are included in sponsored projects data, not in the academic enterprise numbers. The University Hospitals and Clinics, student housing, the MU bookstore, intercollegiate athletics and other auxiliary enterprises are excluded from academic enterprise totals.

Nearly all academic enterprise activities receive funding from a mix of sponsors: federal, state, foundation, and/or corporate. When reporting these “mixed” funding sources, we have attributed the total amount for each project to the predominant funding sponsor type. An exception is those academic enterprises that have more than $1 million in annual revenue: For these enterprises we have reported amounts received from each sponsor type.

Because gifts typically accrue to the general benefit of the University — not for specific scholarly activities — gift amounts have not been included in this report.

Finally, in order to make comparisons between this report and those of previous years, please note that previous years’ numbers have been restated to align with our new reporting structure. These restatements are a result of our recalculating previous years’ totals to allow our readers to make accurate year-over-year comparisons. We have also applied these methods to the FY 2009 edition of our Query Tool. Readers can use the tool to make comparisons at the departmental level.

Please feel free to contact us with questions on the Office of Research web site or by phone: (573) 882-9500.

FY 2009 Research and Instruction & Public Service Grants and Contracts
FY 2009 Research Instruction & Public Service Totals
Proposals Submitted 2,076 789 2,864
Active Funded Projects 2,018 1,029 2,865
Newly Awarded Projects $149,575,232 $85,561,230 $235,136,462
Expenditures $133,532,253 $71,492,995 $205,025,247
Student Financial Aid, By Sponsor Type
  FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009
Federal $131,154,231 $140,360,940 $146,434,722 $155,402,013 $188,272,916
State of Missouri $6,620,723 $6,960,679 $7,142,096 $11,496,552 $12,250,895
Nonprofit $99,060 $100,500 $91,500 $126,850 $216,500
For profit $68,797 $56,392 $61,047 $55,161 $76,272
TOTAL $137,942,812 $147,478,511 $153,729,365 $167,080,575 $200,816,584
Academic Enterprise, By Division
  FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009
Extension $30,128,462 $41,066,242 $43,881,506 $45,642,808 $47,311,911
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources $21,026,338 $20,835,338 $20,306,830 $23,158,063 $25,068,706
System $1,955,912 $15,993,260 $26,124,311 $24,022,228 $25,442,031
Office of Research $8,029,063 $9,341,256 $9,168,012 $9,606,043 $10,577,760
Veterinary Medicine $3,801,234 $4,519,836 $5,102,828 $5,326,849 $16,804,159
Education $9,926,187 $4,747,161 $4,913,775 $4,910,764 $5,817,268
Medicine $3,687,812 $3,807,429 $3,675,801 $4,537,212 $5,580,477
Human Environmental Sciences $591,719 $587,576 $624,783 $652,192 $720,473
Arts & Science $189,314 $231,845 $246,202 $223,200 $428,640
Journalism $383,691 $155,795 $322,686 $204,660 $266,870
Business $10,593 $190 $27,669 $77,020 $24,641
Engineering $0 $0 $8,590 $11,560 $27,960
Nursing $2,785 $2,294 $9,241 $9,586 $7,260
Graduate School $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,985
Health Professions $45 $195 $105 $20 $2,612
TOTAL $79,733,155 $101,288,416 $114,412,340 $118,382,205 $138,103,753
Total Expenditures By Activity Type
Activity Type Amount
Student Financial Aid $200,816,584
Academic Enterprise $138,103,753
Research $133,532,253
Instruction and Public Service $71,492,995
Total Awards By Activity Type
Activity Type Amount
Student Financial Aid $200,460,586
Research $149,575,232
Academic Enterprise $138,103,753
Instruction and Public Service $85,561,230

NIH Funding Provides Leg Up for ‘Biological Joint Technology’

A $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help MU researchers and their colleagues at Columbia University in New York expand their pioneering work in “biological joint technology,” a means of using living tissue — not plastic and metal implants — to replace damaged joints. The new technology responds in ways similar to normal cartilage in a healthy joint, thus preventing patients from experiencing complications that could result in multiple joint-replacement surgeries.

“A living biological implant may serve as a more permanent clinical option for joint replacement than existing commercial implants of metal and plastic, thereby revolutionizing the field of joint arthroplasty,” says James Cook, professor of veterinary medicine and surgery and the William C. and Kathryn E. Allen Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. “Each joint has a different architecture and different properties. We can take the basic concept that we developed for the knee and tailor it to help other joints, such as the hip, elbow and shoulder.” The new grant will allow Cook and his MU collaborators to continue their work with Clark Hung, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, to expand the benefits of biological joint technology treatments from dogs, the current benficiaries, to humans.