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07-18-03

Contacts:
James Bloedel, Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies,
(515) 294-6344
Sonja Klocker, Assistant to the Vice Provost for Research, (515) 294-6344
Wolfgang Kliemann, Associate Vice Provost for Research, (515) 294-6344
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720

IOWA STATE SETS RECORD HIGH IN SPONSORED FUNDING

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University received more than $230 million in sponsored funding during fiscal year 2003, a record high. This is an increase of 2.2 percent over the previous year's total of $225.4 million.

The $230 million includes all contracts, grants and gifts received directly by Iowa State for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment. Sponsored funding for research alone was more than $148 million, also a record for Iowa State.

"We are very pleased with ISU's sponsored funding record this past year," said Jim Bloedel, Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies. "These funding levels are the result of efforts by extremely talented Iowa State investigators who compete for support for specific projects on many important national and international topics."

"In addition, these projects provide our students with valuable, hands-on research experience as well as employment," Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy said. "While sponsored funding can't be used to offset state budget cuts, our capacity to remain competitive for this funding relies upon the infrastructure and salary support for staff and faculty provided by the State of Iowa."

Support from federal agencies increased by more than 4 percent to $152.9 million. The largest contributors of federal funding to Iowa State included the Department of Agriculture ($34.9 million); the Department of Energy, primarily to the Ames Laboratory ($34.4 million); the Department of Health and Human Services ($21.9 million); the Department of Education ($19.3 million); the National Science Foundation ($18.1 million) and the U.S. Department of Transportation ($7.7 million).

Non-federal sources overall decreased by about 2 percent in FY03. Support from foundations and associations was up by 13 percent (to $22.8 million), and support from businesses, corporations and commodity groups remained steady at about $26 million. However, support from state, county and city governmental agencies as well as from other universities and colleges was down.

As a result of the work done at Iowa State University through sponsored funding, the university continues to be one of the nation's leading institutions in technology transfer accomplishments. According to a survey conducted by the Association of University Technology Managers in FY 2000, Iowa State University, when compared to other universities without medical schools, ranked first in licenses and options executed on its intellectual property, first in licenses and options yielding income, fourth in the number of patents issued, fifth in the number of patent applications, and sixth in the number of start-up companies formed.



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