UCI research funding sets record at over $235 million

July 28, 2003

Irvine, Calif., July 28, 2003 -- UC Irvine researchers received $235.6 million in contracts and grants in 2002-03, a record amount that reflects the university's growing stature as a major academic research center.

Overall, funding for research and educational programs has grown by 20 percent in the past two academic years. In 2001-02, UCI received $212 million in contracts and grants, and in 2000-01, $192 million.

"UCI has a history of research innovation," said William Parker, vice chancellor for research and dean of graduate studies. "This significant increase in UCI's research funding reflects the quality, energy and excellence of our entire faculty."

The highest percentage of funding was for the life sciences (medicine and biological sciences), where researchers were awarded $154 million -- 65 percent of the total. This year's total also includes a record 27 grants of more than $1 million, supporting diverse programs from undergraduate student research to the development of potential cures for Alzheimer's disease and spinal cord injury.

The National Institutes of Health, together with other federal agencies, funded all 25 of the largest awards of the last year and 70 percent of the total awards. Other grant and contract funding came from a variety of federal, state, nonprofit and corporate sources. Among major funding recipients:"Contract and grant funding has more than doubled over the past decade, and with the addition and expansion of research centers, such as the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, we expect to see further increases in research opportunities," Parker said.
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