October 3, 2016

CU Boulder researchers netted $436.8 million in grants in 2015-16

Sarah Kuta
The Daily Camera

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus received $436.8 million in grants during 2015-16, according to preliminary numbers released by the university this month.

This is the second-highest research funding total in campus history. In 2009-10, CU received one-time federal stimulus dollars for a total of $454 million.

The $436.8 million netted by researchers in 2015-16 is an increase from $425 million awarded to CU Boulder in 2014-15, according to CU's Office of Contracts and Grants.

This year, 24 percent of CU Boulder's research funding came from non-federal sources and 76 percent came from federal agencies.

Those federal agencies include NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Across CU's four campuses, researchers garnered a record-setting $924 million in grants, an increase of nearly $46 million over 2014-15, according to CU.

The Colorado Springs campus brought in $8 million, the Anschutz Medical Campus brought in $454.2 million and the Denver campus brought in $25 million.

Terri Fiez, vice chancellor for research and innovation on the Boulder campus, said in a news release that the research awards strengthen CU's "position as one of the leading public research universities and reflect the tremendous amount of innovative research taking place on campus and our prolific collaborations with key federal agencies and industry partners."

CU President Bruce Benson said in a statement that the funding is awarded to CU researchers whose work "improves lives, advances knowledge and enhances the educational experience."