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Posted 11.11.04

MU Scientists Record $162 Million for Research in 2003-04

Researchers Studies Yield Information to Improve Health, Food and Environment, Lead Nation in Plant Genomic Research

COLUMBIA, Mo. University of Missouri-Columbia scientists led the nation in the amount of awards for plant genomic grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this past fiscal year. MU also was in the top 25 institutions for receiving funding for life sciences from the NSF, and has spent more than $162 million to study a variety of problems related to human and animal health, food and nutrition, and the environment.

"We continue to be very strong in our research funding awards and productivity," said Chancellor Brady Deaton. "Our continued success in research across campus is a direct result of the quality of world-class faculty who continue to make ground-breaking discoveries that affect Missourians and people throughout the world."

In the past five years, MU has received more research funding from the NSF than any other higher-education institution in the state of Missouri. Based on the most recent data from the NSF, MU is ranked No. 2 of all public universities in the Association of American Universities in growth of federal research for the past seven years.

Some examples of recent awards and research projects on the MU campus include:

"The University of Missouri-Columbia is a leader in plant sciences research and we have many other leading researchers in a multitude of fields including animal sciences, education, family medicine and chemistry," said Jim Coleman, vice provost for research. "We are making significant discoveries in a variety of fields each year; discoveries such as those that might make osteoarthritis a disease of the past, help patients recover from strokes and heart attacks quicker, and help feed the world by improving the sustainability and yield of agricultural crops, all of which contribute to our quality of life."


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