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2010 Research Awards Break Record

October 7, 2010

The more than a half billion dollars of research grant funding awarded to Northwestern University in FY2010 represents both the largest yearly total of funding and the biggest percentage increase in the University’s history. The $556.4 million of funding this year increased by 17 percent, almost doubling last year’s increase of 9 percent (from $438.8 million in 2008 to $476.9 in 2009).

“Northwestern is a world-class university that continues to have an ever greater impact across society,” says Jay Walsh, Northwestern’s vice president for research. “Our funding supports our work toward solutions to challenges such as those in the fields of energy, medicine and technology and increases our knowledge about the world in which we live.”

The 2010 increase is due in part, but not completely, to the 279 awards totaling $72 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In 2010, the overall dollar volume of awards from federal agencies increased by 32 percent ($109.8 million). State of Illinois agency awards more than doubled, with an increase of 107 percent to $5.8 million. Awards from industry and foundations decreased by 44 percent to $31.5 million and 6 percent to $1.6 million, respectively.

Nearly all of the University’s schools and colleges shared in this growth. The Feinberg School of Medicine’s awards grew by 17 percent to $356.2 million. The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science increased its funding by 28 percent to $71.5 million. Awards to the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences grew by 6 percent to $61.6 million. The School of Communication increased its awards by 3 percent to $8.3 million. The School of Education and Social Policy’s awards grew by 84 percent to $7.5 million. The Medill School of Journalism’s awards grew by 4 percent to $1.6 million. The Kellogg School of Management increased its funding by 11 percent to $783,096. Awards to both Northwestern University School of Law and the Bienen School of Music declined: the law school by 52 percent to $1.2 million and the music school by 29 percent to $119,396. Funding for University research centers and institutes grew by 35 percent to $47.5 million.

“Many people contributed to our success this year,” says Vice President Walsh. “This accomplishment represents the valued expertise and hard work of all involved in research at Northwestern: our faculty, our staff, and our students.”

Courtesy of the Office for Research

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