UI sees increase in federal support for research

Lab-PhotoFederal support of University of Iowa research and scholarship increased $8.5 million—from $231.9 million in fiscal year 2015 to $240.4 million in fiscal year 2016—with substantial gains from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

Even in today’s challenging funding environment, support from the NIH, which is by far the largest source of public research funding at the UI, increased 9 percent, from $146.7 million in FY15 to $159.4 million in FY16. Grants from the NSF increased from $11.3 million to $13.9 million—a 23 percent rise. Meanwhile, total external funding (which includes gift commitments and charitable grants supporting research through the UI Foundation) declined 2 percent, from $565.2 million to $551.9 million, while combined public and private funding of research slipped 1 percent, from $443 million to $437.9 million.