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Sponsored project funding increases to $30 million in fiscal year 2010

Towson, Md. (September 8, 2010): Approximately $30 million was obligated by state, federal, and local government agencies and private corporations and foundations to Towson University in fiscal year 2010 for projects ranging from basic research to community outreach to teacher professional development. This represents the largest dollar amount in sponsored project funding ever obligated to the university.

More important than the funding itself is what it allows faculty and staff members to do. Funded projects have allowed the university to prepare more nurses for service in the state of Maryland; to reach out to families in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, providing educational and other services; to acquire much-needed specialized scientific equipment; to encourage potential first-generation college students to pursue education beyond high school; to serve as an engine of economic development; and to develop educational programs for those affected by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) in Maryland. Included in the university’s 2010 research funding portfolio have been awards supporting studies on eating disorders, chemical and biological science research, and climate studies, among many others. Total funding for research projects in fiscal year 2010 was approximately $3.4 million, an increase of 81 percent over the approximately $1.9 million awarded for research projects in fiscal year 2009. 

Faculty and staff members can be especially proud of the increase in federal funding from approximately $3 million in fiscal year 2009 to just over $4.6 million in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2010, faculty members have been highly successful at securing funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); a total of approximately $800,000 was awarded for research in the biomedical sciences and for a project designed to encourage more students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.  All federal programs, and especially those of NIH, are highly competitive; this funding increase is possible only because of the high quality work of our faculty and staff members. Federal agencies funding TU projects in 2010 include, in addition to the NIH, the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and Department of Agriculture.

Faculty and staff members continue to submit quality proposals to external funding sources, and this is already paying off in fiscal year 2011. To date, a total of approximately $13.4 million has been awarded in support of our faculty and staff members’ work.



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