Sponsored project research up 45 percent since FY 2005
TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 13, 2008)—Faculty and staff members at the Office of University Research Services’ Annual Recognition Dinner cheered another record-breaking year for sponsored project funding.
As Provost Clements pointed out to the February 4 gathering, TU received more than 200 grants, contracts and other projects totaling approximately $20 million in FY 2007—an increase of 10 percent over the previous year’s record-high figure and a whopping 45 percent increase over FY 2005.
Clements applauded the initiative and commitment of TU’s “outstanding faculty and staff, whose hard work has made it possible to secure the funding to achieve the university’s mission and to make the community a better place.”
Examples of recent awards include:
A National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $2 million to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students and women into science, technology, and mathematics
An NSF award of $125,306 for theoretical research in computer science
An NSF award of $580,920 for scholarships to meritorious and needy students in the MB3 program and for those studying mathematics, computer science, computer information systems, and forensic chemistry. The award also provides funding for student support services.
A Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) award of $634,689 for professional development school activities, which support future and in-service teachers
An MHEC award of $219,182 for the first year of a five-year project to increase the number of nursing faculty and ultimately the number of nurses in the state
An NASA award of $245,896 for development of a decision-support system to limit pollution in mid-Atlantic watersheds
Maryland State Arts Council awards totaling $12,457 to bring high school students to TU for performances and lecture demonstrations by an Afro-Cuban dance company
An Abell Foundation award of $100,000 for an oral health program at the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore
Mary Louise Healy, who directs the Office of University Research Services, says leadership plays a key role as TU becomes an increasingly visible player in the competition for grants and awards. “President Caret and Provost Clements are deeply committed to sponsored project funding,” she emphasizes.
Other factors include an influx of new faculty hires with active research agendas. “These people arrive on campus with well-honed grantsmanship skills and just keep going,” Healy says. “Others see their successes and decide to get involved too.
Healy and her staff keep grant-writers informed about new funding opportunities and lend a hand with the administrative burdens involved in seeking external awards. “We handle the paperwork and let them concentrate on the academics,” she adds. “We provide all the support we can.”