University of South Carolina

Research funding hits record $226.9 million

Bolstered by robust research efforts in several colleges, total sponsored awards and research funding at the University of South Carolina grew to a record $226.9 million in fiscal year 2011.

The amount is a 3.7 percent increase over last year’s record of $218.8 million.

Research funding from the National Institutes of Health increased by 9.2 percent to $39.3 million; funding from the U.S. Department of Defense jumped 20 percent to $18 million; and funding from the U.S. Department of Energy expanded by 10 percent to $13.6 million.

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides praised the faculty for their achievements.

“Competition for research funding becomes fiercer every year as budgets are cut and proposals are more competitive, so our faculty’s achievements are particularly gratifying,” Pastides said. “A vibrant research program is essential not only for a Carnegie top-tier university, but also for our state, where our initiatives in public health, education and fuel cells can have an enormous impact on the health, well-being and prosperity of our citizens.”

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