Sponsored Research

Researchers Sustain High Levels of External Sponsorship

Total sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri increased five percent in FY 2009 to a new high of over $133 million. It is the fifth straight year of record-setting gains.

As in previous fiscal years, expenditures generated from federal sources, most of which are awarded through the competitive grants process, accounted for the bulk of sponsored research funding. In FY 2009 federal research expenditures grew slightly, while awards increased by an impressive 9 percent.

Faculty scientists and scholars working in medicine, arts and science, agriculture and engineering accounted for some 65 percent of total sponsored research expenditures. The School of Medicine, with just under $31 million in FY 2009, topped its all-time high from the previous fiscal year. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources also posted expenditure gains, its third straight year of increases. For detailed information, including expenditure and award data for individual MU departments, please visit our recently redesigned and updated Annual Report Web Query Tool.

FY 2009 Research Expenditures, By Sponsor
Sponsor Amount Percentage
Federal $112,674,556 84%
Nonprofit $8,063,323 6%
Industry $6,585,265 5%
State of Missouri $5,164,940 4%
Other $1,044,167 less than 1%

Because investigations at MU have become increasingly interdisciplinary, the MU Office of Sponsored Programs Administration calculates 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 collaborative efforts 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 size and scope of the University’s collaboration and interdisciplinary efforts.

Facilities and Administration Cost Recoveries Top $34 Million Mark

In addition to providing dollars directly to investigators, agencies also provide a percentage of grants for “facilities and administration” costs. The rate at which these costs are recovered is a reimbursement based on the cost of building and maintaining research infrastructure. Higher rates of F&A recovery allow the University to more effectively support the work of its faculty investigators.

Facilities and Administration Costs Reimbursed
Fiscal Year Amount
FY 2005 $26,551,756
FY 2006 $27,038,747
FY 2007 $30,115,534
FY 2008 $31,977,033
FY 2009 $34,345,076

Federal Awards, Expenditures Continue Upward Trend

Federal research funding showed robust increases in FY 2009, led by a boost in commitments to both new and ongoing MU investigations. Award totals from federal sources last year topped $124 million, while federal expenditures rose to $112.6 million. Both categories reached all-time highs for the fourth year in a row.

Sponsored Research Awards by Funding Agency and Amount
Funding Agency Amount Percentage
Federal Government $124,966,728 84%
HHS/HIH $56,216,247  
USDA $19,045,648  
Defense $17,329,899  
NSF $15,802,498  
Energy $5,397,657  
Education $3,022,901  
DOT $2,189,696  
EPA $1,703,119  
NASA $1,550,808  
VA $1,139,520  
Other $1,568,736  
Total Federal $124,966,728 84%
Industry $9,040,339 6%
Nonprofits $8,053,805 5%
State of Missouri $6,139,550 4%
Other $1,374,811 1%
Total FY 2009 Sponsored Research Awards $149,575,232  
Federal Research Awards, In Millions
Fiscal Year Amount
2005 98.9
2006 98.1
2007 102.9
2008 114.4
2009 124.9
Federal Research Expenditures, In Millions
Fiscal Year Amount
2005 107.8
2006 105.8
2007 105.3
2008 108.7
2009 112.6
Sponsored Research Expenditures, Shared and Full Credit
Divisions FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2009
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources $32,986,722 $33,688,103 $32,032,769 $33,871,727 $34,353,524
Full Credit $65,729,638 $61,427,601 $56,543,094 $67,521,262 $78,208,660
School of Medicine $26,617,606 $23,437,801 $26,674,793 $29,766,076 $30,928,993
Full Credit $79,589,284 $97,255,592 $88,739,037 $103,222,233 $85,084,366
College of Arts & Science $18,076,722 $19,148,208 $19,087,683 $19,341,854 $18,354,158
Full Credit $40,824,773 $49,447,333 $47,550,360 $51,205,964 $40,914,781
College of Veterinary Medicine $12,400,363 $12,291,906 $13,603,931 $14,332,219 $15,604,458
Full Credit $46,159,827 $48,216,225 $49,740,536 $51,675,922 $57,052,269
College of Engineering $10,182,043 $10,323,527 $10,618,043 $11,492,158 $13,942,557
Full Credit $17,584,170 $24,714,063 $34,984,116 $46,520,543 $50,598,211
Research Division $10,343,675 $8,595,284 $6,434,037 $5,934,956 $7,572,182
Full Credit $27,514,586 $28,530,534 $26,678,829 $41,714,241 $48,125,691
College of Education $3,747,890 $3,969,061 $4,013,111 $3,875,446 $4,131,713
Full Credit $12,865,851 $17,251,588 $16,839,759 $14,475,672 $13,456,224
Sinclair School of Nursing $2,587,603 $2,937,292 $3,129,624 $2,909,613 $3,209,872
Full Credit $4,601,900 $7,635,956 $4,976,760 $9,623,407 $9,906,680
School of Health Professions $762,089 $737,166 $804,391 $1,545,809 $2,026,166
Full Credit $2,556,253 $3,753,746 $5,660,464 $5,315,377 $5,014,476
Graduate School $1,376,992 $1,952,968 $1,992,590 $2,170,310 $1,687,597
Full Credit $5,237,383 $8,348,408 $10,106,067 $10,231,450 $8,031,541
College of Human Environmental Sciences $1,512,401 $1,718,235 $1,768,561 $1,063,979 $1,064,043
Full Credit $2,631,718 $3,261,330 $3,910,726 $3,518,115 $3,529,089
School of Journalism $351,788 $554,904 $449,905 $433,941 $306,336
Full Credit $1,502,740 $4,527,212 $10,206,759 $8,691,328 $5,217,277
Other $512,880 $574,648 $686,182 $657,930 $350,653
Full Credit $2,483,331 $4,157,169 $5,201,236 $3,967,741 $1,746,597
Totals $121,458,775 $119,929,103 $121,295,620 $127,396,019 $133,532,253
Full Credit Totals $309,281,455 $358,526,757 $361,137,742 $417,683,254 $406,885,863