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(Last updated 9/22/04)


COLUMBUS – For the first time in the institution’s history, Ohio State University researchers have received more than a half-billion dollars in research funding during the last year. The funding total is a milestone reached by only a select few national research universities. Total research awards for the 2004 fiscal year reached $528,157,120 – a 13.9 percent increase over the previous year.

“This is a monumental accomplishment by our faculty,” explained Ohio State President Karen Holbrook.

“This research support was awarded through competition with thousands of other researchers from across the country. The fact that our work fared this well shows the strength of the faculty at this great university.”

"Each of (our research projects) offers incredible opportunities for our students to get critical hands-on learning experiences that will benefit their future careers, as well as our collective way of life” __ President Holbrook

Robert McGrath, senior vice president for research, called the news “extraordinary,” adding, “This reflects on the quality and diversity of both basic and applied research underway at Ohio State and reflects the passion that our faculty bring to their research.”

Among the thousands of grants earned by university researchers were a $10.9 million award from the state of Ohio's Third Frontier program to support an Ohio Center for Advanced Propulsion and Power, a $1.5 million award -- part of a $5.7 million, five-year project -- from the National Institutes of Health on reducing cervical cancer in Appalachia and a $272,000 project studying the importance of periodic flooding on the water quality function of wetlands in the midwestern United States.

McGrath pointed to the university’s current ranking as 12th nationally in terms of research expenditures among public institutions, and 18th nationally among all research universities. Institutions gauge their research progress both in awards received and expenditures made for research.

“We look forward to continuing this kind of growth in university research support in the months and years ahead.”

President Holbrook said, “Across our broad campus, researchers use their expertise daily to solve serious problems affecting our health, our economy, our environment and our quality of life. And each of these offers incredible opportunities for our students to get critical hands-on learning experiences that will benefit their future careers, as well as our collective way of life”

The College of Engineering showed a dramatic increase in funding, totaling $124,728,733 in awards, an increase of 28.7 percent over last year. Likewise, the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences received $34,003,910 in awards, an increase of 19.5 percent over last year.

Medicine and public health units on campus, which have the most research funding, received $165,617,439 during the last year, a 9.3 percent increase

Other major campus units showing increases in research awards included Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at $62,155,352 (11.1 percent); the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with $33,182,540 (74.7 percent rise), and the College of Biological Sciences with $20,336,925 (23.7 percent).

Federal funding for Ohio State research jumped 9.4 percent in the last year to a total of $271,859,359, which included $40,333,315 (a 29.2 percent increase) in awards from the National Science Foundation. Research awards from the National Institutes of Health have climbed an impressive 42 percent since 2001 to a total of $128,948,805.

Ohio State ranks sixth in the country among all universities for industry-sponsored research, according to the FY2002 National Science Foundation Expenditure Survey, the latest survey available.


Contact: Robert McGrath, (614) 292-1582; mcgrath.66@osu.edu
Written by Earle Holland, (614) 292-8384; Holland.8@osu.edu