Kansas University's success in boosting research funding bodes well for the future.
Congratulations to Kansas University for recording a 13 percent increase in research funding in the last fiscal year.
During fiscal year 2000, which ended June 30, the university brought in $190 million in research money. That includes government grants and money from industry and other sources of research and training money. Notable among the grants and gifts was a $4 million private donation from Forrest and Sally Hoglund for a brain research center.
The center is just one area of valuable research being conducted by KU faculty members. The private and public funding those projects attract enrich the university in many ways. Challenging research projects help attract and pay salaries for top faculty members and graduate students. The results of the projects also build the reputation of the university and its faculty.
As Chancellor Robert Hemenway noted, the increased research funding total will bring KU closer to its goal of becoming one of the nation's top 25 research universities. University officials say they hope to double research funding at KU in the next five to seven years.
In the highly competitive world of research funding, KU's efforts appear to be paying off. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a trend that will help build KU's mission and stature.