University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
July 21, 2000
Contact: Alan Teramura, 808 956-7651, email@example.com
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|UH research and training funding sets new record: $179 million|
FIFTH RECORD-SETTING YEAR
The University of Hawai'i has again received record support for research and training. Extramural funds-grants and contracts from federal, private, foreign and other outside sources-reached $179 million for 1999-2000, a 9 percent increase over the amount received the previous fiscal year and the second year in a row the University has set a new record for total extramural funds.
The biggest gains were in research funding, which increased for the fifth straight year. UH received $102.8 million for fiscal 2000, up from $92.7 million last year, UH Senior Vice President for Research Alan Teramura reported to the Board of Regents today. "These gains are a tribute to the caliber of our faculty because winning these extramural grants is a highly competitive process," Teramura said.
The research grants include
· 15 awards in excess of $1 million each
· 6 major new grants generating more than $6 million
· 23 major awards (representing $30.2 million) as continuation of existing awards
· 2 supplemental awards that provided an additional $4.5 million in new research funding
· 72 grants (representing $6.1million) listing a single principal investigator (David Duffy, leader of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit in the UH Manoa Department of Botany. The unit, a cooperative program with the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service, employs about 150 people in the effort to conserve Hawaiian natural and cultural resources.)
Other major units generating the research dollars include UH Manoa's Pacific Biomedical Center and School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (together attracting $9.5 million) and the College of Natural Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i and Institute for Astronomy. "Research activity in both our research and teaching programs benefits undergraduate as well as graduate students by exposing them to the cutting edge of scientific and academic thought and providing them with educational and employment opportunities in a a research environment," Teramura said.
The total for non research awards also increased over the previous year. Most of the awards are for less than $100,000, but 20 ranged from $500,000 to $3 million, including
· $1.3 million for "Establishing a Global Research Center at the University of Hawai'i"
· $3.5 million in education programs for native Hawaiian students throughout the state
· $5.9 million for rural development projects on the islands
of Hawai'i, Kaua'i, Lana'i, Moloka'i and Maui.