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Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012

IU receives near-record $533 million in external research, related program awards in 2012

Aug. 16, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University received $533 million in grants and awards for research and other sponsored programs in fiscal year 2012, university officials have announced. The amount represents the second-highest annual total ever at IU, which passed the half-billion-dollar mark in externally funded research and related program awards in a single year for only the third time in the university's history.

Michael McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

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In the past five fiscal years combined, IU has received $2.6 billion in sponsored program awards, or an average of $523 million annually. IU established a record with $604 million in fiscal year 2010, in part due to the largest single-year grant total ever provided to the university by the Lilly Endowment.

Overall, the total awarded to IU for research and other sponsored programs increased 9.2 percent over the total amount the university was awarded last fiscal year.

"This is exceptional news for Indiana University and reflects the remarkable work being conducted by our faculty, staff and students, work that is improving our state, nation and world, and transforming lives," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "The breadth, depth and quality of our research, which is and will continue to be central to our mission, clearly signal IU's continuing status as one of the leading public research universities in the world. That we have been able to sustain our research excellence when research universities are facing unprecedented financial challenges and dwindling funding opportunities makes this achievement even more impressive."

In fiscal year 2012, IU faculty members submitted proposals for external funding totaling more than $922 million. Proposals from the Bloomington campus increased by 17.6 percent, while overall proposals to nonprofit agencies rose by 33 percent over 2011.

Awards from federal agencies comprised $265.1 million, or 49.7 percent, of the total; awards from the National Science Foundation increased by $10.5 million, or 33 percent, over 2011; while funding from the state of Indiana more than doubled, from $16.6 million in 2011 to $34.6 million in 2012.

The Lilly Endowment continued its four-decade legacy of support to IU and the state by providing the university with $52.6 million for sponsored programs in fiscal year 2012. Lilly Endowment awards included a $33 million award to the Kelley School of Business for the construction of new and renovated undergraduate facilities at IU Bloomington. The endowment also awarded $6.6 million to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs for support of the IU Public Policy Institute.

"Lilly Endowment continues to be a tremendous partner with Indiana University, and we are extremely grateful for its sustained commitment to IU and the state of Indiana," McRobbie said. "Such support also is indicative of the tremendous value others see in the scholarly pursuits of our faculty and in our ability to enrich people's lives with that work."

Jorge Jose

Vice President for Research Jorge Josť

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Major awards received by the IU School of Medicine in fiscal year 2012 included $15 million from USAID to continue IU's work with the AMPATH partnership in Kenya; $15 million from IU Health for a new research collaboration (the Strategic Research Initiative) with the school; and $7.8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to evaluate and expand the Aging Brain Care model of innovative brain care for older patients with dementia or depression.

Other major new awards to IU included $2.6 million awarded by the Department of Defense to professor Hiroki Yokota of the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology to develop a novel synthetic drug for osteoporosis and fracture healing; $2.577 million awarded by Hoffmann-La Roche to Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Richard DiMarchi in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, and $2.3 million awarded by the National Science Foundation to Erin Carlson, an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.

"IU's faculty should be justifiably proud of their success in securing sponsored program awards this year," said Vice President for Research Jorge Josť. "Our faculty are successfully competing with top researchers from across the nation and the world for limited research monies, and the resulting research will both contribute to breakthroughs in all disciplines and have a significant economic impact across the state."