UNMC researchers bring in record $117 million in grants, contracts

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - UNMC is celebrating a record amount of research fund awards this fiscal year.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have brought in $117.1 million, up from $115.1 million the previous year, according to a UNMC press release.

"Our goal is to continue to grow our research on all fronts at a time when National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has been fairly flat," Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor for research, said in the release. "Along with other funding sources, this total shows we are competitive and going in the right direction."

The release highlighted several UNMC entities that saw an increase in research funds:

  • UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, up by 39 percent
  • College of Public Health, up by 13.8 percent
  • Eppley Cancer Institute, up by 10 percent
  • College of Pharmacy, up by 2.8 percent
  • College of Medicine, up by 1.6 percent.

According to the release, 67 percent of the funds came from federal funding sources, predominately the NIH. Federal awards increased by nearly 6 percent, while industry-sponsored grants and contracts increased 13.5 percent.

Larsen said a number of other factors also contributed to the increase in research funding, including: 

  • more large-grant programs
  • more NIH RO1 grants, often deemed the "bread and butter" grants
  • more individual training awards
  • increased clinical trials
  • more Department of Defense grants, including those with the National Security Research Institute
  • research grant successes across the colleges
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