RESEARCH AWARDS PASS $500M MILESTONE

By Paul Gabrielsen, senior science writer, University of Utah Communications

With the accumulated efforts of the University of Utah’s faculty, students and administrators in departments and colleges from all corners of campus, and with decades of building quality researchers and exemplary programs and institutes, the U achieved its most successful research funding year ever in 2018, passing a $500 million milestone. The final total is actually $515 million, and it’s composed of grants large and small, from thousands of dollars to study the structural health of Utah’s rock arches to millions of dollars to discover non-opioid painkillers.

Scholarly metrics across the university, including the number of citations, published books and journal articles, are also on the rise.

“I think the data speaks to the quality of the U’s remarkable faculty, trainees and staff whose increased scholarly activity has enabled us to achieve such a significant funding milestone,” said Vice President for Research Andy Weyrich. “The success of the U’s research community is also empowered through the support we receive from the federal and state government, donors and investors who are essential to the U’s growth and drive for research excellence.”

Learn more about research funding at the U in the below infographic: