Research Funds Reach All-Time High;

Nearing Half-Billion Dollars for 1994-95

For the fiscal year ending June 30, the University of Washington received $477 million for research grant and contract awards, a record amount topping last year's $459 million by 4 percent.

Of this record, $374 million came from the federal government and $103 million came from state and local agencies, foundations, associations or industry.

Most of the funding is awarded through a peer review of competing research proposals. That the UW continues to set records is a reflection of the quality of its faculty, says Vice Provost for Research Alvin Kwiram.

Research funds are separate from the appropriation from the state to support instruction and basic operations. Research awards support specific projects or programs--employing the equivalent of 5,400 full-time employees--and allow undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to work with faculty on research.

In a related announcement, the National Science Foundation's latest report on federal research funding found the UW first among all public universities in the country and second overall in fiscal year 1993.

Since 1969 the UW has placed among the top five universities on this scale. For fiscal year 1993, the NSF reported the UW had $301 million in federal funds. Johns Hopkins University was in first place with $712 million. Rounding out the top five were MIT with $284 million, Stanford with $277 million and Michigan with $251 million.

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