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ISU external support soars to $287 million in FY 2005
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University generated $287 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2005, the seventh consecutive record high. This is an increase of about five percent compared with the previous year's total of $274 million.
The record $287 million includes all contracts and grants that Iowa State received directly from federal, state and local government units, corporations and foundations. This funding is used for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment.
"This impressive result for the past year reflects the excellence and capabilities of Iowa State's faculty and staff. To continue, year after year, setting records in attracting external financial support to the university is remarkable," said Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy. "These funds enhance our academic programs, and they help create opportunities for economic growth in Iowa."
Funding for research totaled $180 million, a 10 percent increase compared with the preceding year and another record amount. For the past two years, this percentage increase has been in the double digits. Furthermore, over the past five years, research funding has increased 50 percent, said Jim Bloedel, vice provost for research.
"We are very pleased to celebrate significant growth in sponsored funding that resulted in a new record," Bloedel said. "Iowa State is fortunate to have such a resourceful, excellent faculty. They have been able to continue to grow their external support at a rate that far exceeds the budgetary increases of the federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture from which they receive the majority of their funding."
Total support from federal agencies increased by nearly eight percent to $181.8 million. The largest contributors of federal funding to Iowa State included USDA ($45.7 million); the Department of Energy, primarily to the Ames Laboratory ($36.2 million); the Department of Health and Human Services ($23.9 million); the National Science Foundation ($27.0 million), the Department of Education ($17.0 million), the Department of Transportation ($9.6 million) and the Department of Defense ($7.6 million).
Support from non-federal sources remained steady at $105 million. The largest contributors of non-federal funding were foundations and associations ($34.1 million, which included $17 million for construction of new buildings); state, county and city government agencies ($30.3 million); businesses and corporations ($28.5 million); and other universities and colleges through joint projects ($9.6 million).
Following are examples of research funded at Iowa State in fiscal year 2005.
ISU generated a record $287 million in external support during fiscal year 2005. It is the seventh consecutive record high and about five percent more than last year's total of $274 million. The funding is used for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment.
"This impressive result for the past year reflects the excellence and capabilities of Iowa State's faculty and staff. To continue, year after year, setting records in attracting external financial support to the university is remarkable. These funds enhance our academic programs, and they help create opportunities for economic growth in Iowa."
President Gregory Geoffroy