Archive for Monday, February 9, 2009

Research spending at KU is increasing

KU leaders say that the university's researchers are performing well during tough economic times.

February 9, 2009


Kansas University leaders Monday touted a 2.3 percent increase in research spending in the last year and said KU spent a record $297.4 million on research during its 2008 fiscal year.

KU spent $197.8 million in funds from external sources, plus the university contributed about another $100 million in other institutional support.

Steve Warren, KU’s vice provost for research and graduate studies, said it was a good sign amid flat or decreasing federal basic research funding the last five years.

“Our indicators are that for the next year we’re going to have another really, really strong year given the environment we’re in,” Warren said. “Our data on awards and new grants coming in is very strong and looks very positive.”

KU leaders said the research spanned enhancing health care and advancing technology while putting money into the state’s economy.

“During the past three years, our researchers brought nearly $591 million into the state,” KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. “The funds hired talented people, purchased technical equipment and paid for Kansas goods and services. The impact of that investment is huge and widespread.”

Warren also announced the numbers as part of KU’s annual research and graduate studies convocation Monday in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.

Warren and Provost Richard Lariviere also honored Debra Kamps, director of the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training and associate director and senior scientist at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, as the 2009 recipient of KU’s Research Achievement Award.


james bush 9 years, 3 months ago

Where is it that we can find the costs and benefits associated with KU research?

james bush 9 years, 3 months ago

The amount of taxpayer dollars and percentages included in the funding would be good to know also.

spankyandcranky 9 years, 3 months ago

Although it's good to hear how much was spent and how the research impacted our community, why not include additional info, such as weather they are they planning on spending more/less/the same this year? Where is the 'outside' money coming from? I thought I recently read another article on how they had to cut back this year. How will the budget/research change if that's true? This article leaves me with more questions than answers.

ConcernedCynic 9 years, 3 months ago

Maybe we can spend some of this money on researching how this economic downturn is all Lew Perkins fault.

nobody1793 9 years, 3 months ago

"is something missing here?"How about the fact that the vast majority of research funding comes from proposal-based federal grants which are totally separate from the state budget, and which cannot be spent on non-research activities.

yourworstnightmare 9 years, 3 months ago

This is good news but KU could and must do better.These researchers pulling in large grants will look to greener pastures if KU and the state continue to give the short shrift to research.Most of KU's research facilities, such as Malott and Haworth Hall, are 40 years or older and have not had significant upgrades since construction.This needs to change. researchers are doing their part by bringing in grants. the state and university need to step u to the plate and fulfill their responsibilities.

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