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Julie Kiefer

Associate Director, Science Communications, University of Utah Health
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Aug 26, 2020 4:00 AM

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U of U Health research funding has nearly doubled since 2013. Image credit: Jessica Cagle

Two years after achieving a $500 million funding milestone and with the added boost of funding for research related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Utah reports $603 million in research funding for fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30.

"We would like to express our appreciation to our donors, investors, government officials and research partners," said Vice President for Research Andy Weyrich, PhD. "Their support drives critical research projects in medicine, technology, mental health, economic growth, social injustice, racial disparities and much more.”

Two-thirds of the U’s research funding comes from U of U Health, reaching $408 million in FY 2020. Nearly half of the support for U of U Health investigators comes from the National Institutes of Health with additional funding from industry, foundations, the state and other sources. This achievement represents the seventh year of continuous growth in the U of U Health research enterprise since 2013, a near-doubling in funding since that time.

“Ingenuity and productivity are fueling a momentum that promises to generate meaningful answers to research questions and spur new areas of inquiry for years to come," said Associate Vice President for Research for Health Sciences, Willard Dere, MD, FACP.

The milestones come in a fiscal year that saw the U invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of 65 top-tier research universities in the U.S. and Canada. The U, along with Dartmouth College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, joined the AAU in 2019 as peers with the top universities in the nation.

The research funding milestones also comes amid a global pandemic and a proliferation of research related to the medical, economic and social aspects of COVID-19. Following seed grants totaling $1.3 million, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research in partnership with the Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative, U researchers in various disciplines secured additional external funding, which contributed to passing the $600 million mark.

“Our researchers are at the forefront of addressing the impact COVID-19 has on our society,” Weyrich said. “We’ve been awarded a significant number of research grants across multiple disciplines to support COVID research, including the social, psychological and economic impacts the virus has on our global community.”

Adapted from a press release by Paul Gabrielsen, University Marketing and Communications

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