FEDERAL RESEARCH SURVEY SHOWS OHIO STATE’S ACHIEVEMENTS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The latest federal figures ranking universities by their annual expenditures for research and development activity place Ohio State University in first place in the state and third nationally among public universities for industry-sponsored research.
Ohio State ranks fifth nationally among all universities for industry-sponsored research, according to the FY 2001 National Science Foundation Expenditure Survey, the latest survey available.
The report shows that the university rose from 40th to 32nd place in federally financed research and development expenditures, and from 21st to 17th place when compared to other public universities competing for federal funding.
While some rankings use the amount of research funding through grants and contracts as a measure for evaluation, gauging expenditures spent on research is believed to offer a more accurate comparison.
“We are elated by these latest figures,” explained Tom Rosol, interim vide president for research and a professor of veterinary biosciences at Ohio State.
“This is just another indication of the great strides our faculty are making in competing with other universities for research support from federal and state agencies, foundations and private corporations. The research advances that follow this progress will lead to major improvements in the lives of Ohioans and people throughout the nation.”
Late last year, Ohio State reported that its research funding had topped $426 million in fiscal year 2001-2002, the latest year for which figures are available. That represented a 13 percent increase over the previous year but an 80 percent growth compared to what the university received in 1997-1998.