University of Cincinnati Research Funding Boosted 22 Percent in 2016

Healthcare, high-tech fields see major increases;
humanities and arts show growth

WISE student Kristina Davis with Mentor Daria Narmoneva research new approaches for controlling gene expression and cell responses through biomechanical stimulation.
Kristina Davis and Daria Narmoneva

As funding tops $211 million across UC campuses, research efforts report $28 million increase from 2015.

University of Cincinnati faculty, staff and student researchers — from nursing to design — earned exceptional funding increases for their research in FY 2016.

Totals for federal, state and other research and programmatic funding – also known as “sponsored research” — topped $170 million, a significant increase from the $141 million total of 2015.

Dr. Jianjun Chen in his lab and office in the
Vontz Center.
Jianjun Chen

“I couldn’t be more proud of the research happening at UC,” said Pat Limbach, Vice President of Research. “Our faculty’s dedicated work in labs, in classrooms and in the community reinforced our status as a national research powerhouse.”

In his leadership position, he noted with appreciation that funding for nearly all of the university’s 15 colleges continued to climb. “From building better drones to reimagining how healthcare workers can best advocate for their patients, our researchers take pride in innovating and problem-solving across disciplines,” Limbach said.

The impressive levels of support UC received from the federal and state governments as well as nonprofits illustrate the breadth and depth of research and academic exploration happening at the university, Limbach said.

    Highlights from UC’s sponsored research report for 2016 include:

  • The total for sponsored research, combined with federal student aid awards, increased to more $211 million, up from $183 million in FY 2015.
  • WISE Environmental Engineering student Madison Duke in her lab.
    Madison Duke
  • Funding from non-profit organizations (including the American Heart Association, which supported the College of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences) skyrocketed more than 185 percent for a total of more than $23 million.
  • Several colleges posted triple-digit percentage increases in funding, including the College of Nursing (up 116 percent), DAAP (up 127 percent) and Lindner College of Business (up 100 percent).
  • The College of Engineering and Applied Science (21 percent with heavy investments from the federal government’s military units), the College of Allied Health Sciences (46 percent) and the College of Arts and Sciences (16 percent with innovative funding for behavioral psychology research into smoking cessation from the American Heart Association) all posted double-digit funding increases for the year.

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