Grants to university exceed $18 million in difficult funding year
As funding cuts continue to be an issue for grant seekers, Missouri State University received an excess of $18 million in funding – an overall increase of 1 percent from FY 2011 – according to the office of sponsored research and programs. During Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30, 245 awards were received, totaling $18,975,376 in additional resources for the university.
Externally sponsored grants and contracts assist university departments, faculty and staff in achieving their goals of education, research and service projects. Even though the university continues to see federal and state budget cuts, according to Marina Zordell-Reed, sponsored research and programs coordinator, the faculty and staff of Missouri State University managed to increase the amount of funding received from state agencies by 76 percent from the previous year. In addition, there is a greater focus on contracting with various entities for service projects, which increased by 19 percent in FY 2012.
“The faculty and staff of Missouri State University should be commended for continuing to refocus their efforts to find additional funding and resources for the university,” said Zordell-Reed. “As we see continued decreases in our regular grant funding, the faculty and staff were able to instead focus on providing services, and we were able to increase our overall funding by 1 percent in FY 2012.”
Federal agencies continued to provide the greatest amount of funding for FY12, with an approximate total of $6.7 million. State agencies supplied $4.4 million (compared to $2.5 million in FY 11), county and city agencies provided $97,636, businesses provided $3.2 million, nonprofit agencies provided $1.5 million, international agencies funded approximately $25,771 and other funding sources provided $2.6 million.
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