Kansas University attracted a record $77 million in research grant funding last fiscal year, driven by a 20 percent increase at the KU Medical Center.
Overall, the external research budget at KU increased 10.5 percent over last fiscal year's total.
"This, without question, will be one of the more significant percentage increases in research funds among American colleges and universities," said KU Chancellor Gene Budig.
Grants to the Lawrence campus totaled $43 million in the year ending June 30. That's a $1.5 million, or 3.6 percent, increase.
At KUMC in Kansas City, Kan., external research funding climbed 20.5 percent, to $34 million, an increase of $5.8 million.
KU's overall tally for the past five years: $77 million in 1992, $68.7 million in 1991, $56.6 million in 1990, $53 million in 1989 and $42.3 million in 1988.
A.L. CHAPMAN, dean of graduate studies and research at KUMC, said the medical center's faculty improved their performance despite increasing competition for federal, state and private sector research funding.
"The peer review system demands that our investigators be extremely competitive to successfully receive grant awards," Chapman said.
He said the funding would improve health care for Kansans and support graduate student education at the university.
Grants for research to KU Medical Center have doubled since 1988, from $16.7 million to the present high of $34 million. The total last year was $28.2 million.
"KU continues to contribute to the state and nation through its strong research programs," said Kim Moreland, director of research support and grants administration for KU's Lawrence campus.
VICTOR FROST, a professor coordinating KU's participation in a $1.6 million telecommunications and computer research project sponsored by the U.S. government and private industry, emphasized the value of outside funding to the university.
"It brings cutting-edge technology to Kansas. It involves organizations and companies outside the university. It's an important piece of graduate education. This base of knowledge is transferred to students," he said.
According to the latest rankings from the National Science Foundation, KU was 92nd among the top 100 research universities in research grant awards.
KU's ranking by NSF dropped from 78th in 1987 to 85th in 1988 and 83rd in 1989.