External funding for U research reaches record level

The University of Minnesota announced in December that it successfully competed for a record $793 million in external research funding in fiscal year 2018. That’s according to the 2018 Annual Report on Research and Technology Commercialization released by the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

The University ranked ninth among the country’s public research universities in research expenditures, according to the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey, which compared research expenditure data collected from fiscal year 2017. The Twin Cities campus expended $922 million on research in that period, while the five-campus system expended $948 million.

Other highlights from the report:

6.5 percent growth in the University’s external research portfolio over fiscal year 2017

12.7 percent increase in federal awards

17.7 percent increase in state awards

8.8 percent increase in National Institutes of Health funding ($22 million) over the previous year

51 percent of all fiscal year 2018 research awards were to the Medical School or other health sciences endeavors

$42.6 million grant — one of the U’s largest federal grants ever, from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences — to be distributed over five years for the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which helps to move lab discoveries into clinical practice faster

Published on April 3, 2019

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To view the 2018 Annual Report on Research and Technology Commercialization, visit z.umn.edu/ResearchAR.