Iowa State Sets New Mark in Sponsored Funding

July 15th, 2002

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University received more than $225.3 million in sponsored funding during fiscal year 2002, a record high. This is an increase of 3.5 percent, compared to the sponsored funding total of $217.7 million Iowa State received last year.

The $225.3 million includes all contracts, grants and gifts received directly by Iowa State for research, public service/extension activities, educational projects, student financial aid, buildings and equipment. Sponsored funding for research alone was more than $139.3 million, also a record for Iowa State.

"We are very pleased with ISU's sponsored funding record this past year," said Jim Bloedel, vice provost for research and advanced studies. "These funding levels reflect an investment in our many, very talented faculty, researchers and extension professionals."

Sponsored funding is provided to Iowa State by organizations and agencies that designate or restrict its use. This money is used for specific purposes, such as research performed at the university.

Within the $225.3 million total, Bloedel said funding is up in all three major categories based on competitive awards and federal initiatives. Research funding increased by 4.5 percent; public service/ extension was up 5.7 percent to $32.5 million; and education increased nearly 26 percent to $21.4 million.

"Many new and exciting projects are being undertaken which will add to our nation's knowledge base and provide our students with experiences that significantly enrich their education," Bloedel said.

Support from federal agencies increased by 14 percent to $146.5 million. The largest contributors of federal funding to Iowa State include the Department of Agriculture ($45.6 million); the Department of Energy, primarily to the Ames Laboratory ($30 million); the National Science Foundation ($16.4 million); the Department of Health and Human Services ($14.4 million); and the Department of Transportation ($10.2 million).

Bloedel said a lessening of support from non-federal sources offset many of the gains made in federal support. Non-federal sources decreased by 11 percent in FY02, including a $6.4 million (23 percent) decrease from state, county and city governments.

In addition to federally sponsored funding, businesses/corporations and commodity groups provided $26.7 million; state, county and city governments provided $21.3 million and foundations and associations provided $20.1 million.


Sonja Klocker, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, (515) 294-6344

Wolfgang Kliemann, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, (515) 294-6344

Skip Derra, News Service (515) 294-4917