MU Research: Outlook Points to Continued Progress
by Mark A. McIntosh
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
MU’s research and development report for fiscal year 2016 indicates a continued positive outlook for the University. Of particular note is an 11 percent increase in federal expenditures for sponsored research. It’s a boost that, in part, reflects federal sponsors’ confidence that MU’s recruitment and retention of key faculty — and our recent investments in research infrastructure — will enhance our role in expanding America’s future progress and prosperity.
One such key addition is Lloyd Sumner, his research team and the instrumentation they’re using to develop a national center for metabolomics, the study of metabolites in cells. Others include Rich Ferrieri, Mike Schueller and their team recruited from Brookhaven National
Labs, a group whose expertise in radiological and chemical imaging promises important advances in both plant sciences and oncological studies.
Overall, total research expenditures in FY 2016 generated more than $248.3 million in research and development spending, a gain of close to $2 million over the previous fiscal year. Extramural research funding reached nearly $120 million, an increase of close to $5 million over FY2015’s totals.
Newly awarded dollars for sponsored research, meanwhile, most coming in the form of highly competitive grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, also saw healthy increases over the previous fiscal year. In addition, the
University’s total new invention disclosures and patent applications filed — statistics that indicate the rate at which MU research findings are moving into the marketplace — both showed increases in FY16.
These data, along with many of this report’s other indicators, show that MU’s research enterprise remains exceedingly robust.
I am confident our report will also show that our scientific, scholarly and educational achievements, both today and for years to come, represent an indispensable asset to the citizens of Missouri, the nation and the world.
Externally Sponsored Grants & Contracts
FY 2016 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.
*Combined Research and IPS funding. Includes federal flow-through dollars.
FY 2016 Total Awards By Sponsor*