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University received record-breaking $24 million in grants

Externally funded grants provide for new research, education
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 RA totals by typeNew equipment, expanded programs and revealing research at Missouri State University are more possible than ever thanks to almost $25 million in grants and contracts obtained during Fiscal Year 2016 (which ended June 30). This record-breaking amount ($24,791,190) is $2.3 million more than FY2008, which previously held the record for the most awarded funds ($22.4 million).

“Faculty and staff from across all areas of the university complete incredible and unique projects due in part to the external funding they receive,” noted Dr. Erin Parrish, director of research administration. “We continued to see growth in the number of educational programs funded and we are encouraged by the increase in funding coming in internationally. Both of these point to the greater impact Missouri State is making globally.”

In addition to the most overall awarded dollars recorded, Missouri State received the most federal funds ($15.45 million) in its history.

Where does the money go?

2016 research admin totals by projectMany meaningful research projects are explained in Missouri State’s research publication, Mind’s Eye. Here is a sampling of grants and contracts awarded in FY2016:

  • An award from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks supports the Northwest Project, which helps families overcome the challenges that have kept them living in poverty.
  • A cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense provides funds to safely develop and deploy nanoscale engineered technologies. This research is important for minimizing, mitigating, or even eliminating the human and environmental risks that may be associated with nanoscale engineered technologies.
  • Funds from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) support activities focused on improving student achievement – especially for students with disabilities.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds help address food security through improvements in meat goat production and marketing and outreach efforts by enhancing research and outreach capacities of a collaboration of universities.

For more information, contact Parrish at 417-836-4132.


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