MU Research: Encouraging Growth and New Opportunities
by Mark A. McIntosh
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
The FY 2015 research-and-development expenditures report provides an overall positive outlook for MU, while indicating room for continued improvement.
Internal research investments and extramural funding agencies generated more than $246 million in spending by faculty scientists and scholars at MU, a healthy four-percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
Newly awarded federal dollars, most coming in the form of highly competitive grants from federal agencies, saw significant increases for both sponsored researchand instruction and public service. And though federal research expenditures were slightly lower for FY2015 than the previous year, federal research awards showed a 4.8 percentage increase.
This measure, and expanded efforts for strategic faculty recruitment, are expected to invigorate growth in research and educational opportunities in the coming years.
Since becoming interim vice chancellor, I have worked to continue such progress.
Among my priorities for ensuring continued advancement is more fully integrating our graduate studies and economic development missions into the research enterprise. Our graduate students, for example, provide the engine that drives our research productivity, offering fresh perspectives as they assist faculty with teaching and research.
It is also vitally important that we continue to build and maintain a strong economic development infrastructure.
An indication of progress on this front is that the University’s number of active options and licenses — a measure of the rate at which MU research findings are moving into the marketplace — was at an all-time high in FY2015. And licensing income is continuing to increase, buoyed by a major licensing settlement. This funding has already provided important new opportunities to invest millions of dollars into the aging MU technology infrastructure across the many MU disciplines.
I believe, and hope you’ll agree, that this report shows opportunities to move us forward in each of these areas. Today, more than ever, we have to be well-positioned to maximize MU’s already considerable value, both intellectually and economically, to the citizens of Missouri and the nation.
Externally Sponsored Grants & Contracts
FY 2015 TOTALS
During the previous fiscal year, MU scientists and scholars maintained high levels of sponsored research and instruction and public service support from a variety of external sponsors.
*includes both Research and Development and Instruction & Public Service funding.
FY 2015 Total Awards By Sponsor
FY 2015 Total Expenditures By Sponsor