The portion from the State includes partial support for graduate teaching and associated research activities at the University. This is provided primarily in two ways. First, the State pays the salaries of the faculty, who spend a portion of their time in graduate teaching and research. Some staff and operations support for the faculty is also provided by the State. The second way involves capital facilities; in the past the State has provided a significant share of the construction and renovation funding that supports the graduate teaching and research program. For a variety of reasons, including less than full recovery of F&A costs on some awards from the federal government, the University doesn't fully recover the cost of capital facilities from F&A costs. Inflation over the life of the buildings also makes it necessary to find additional funding sources for building construction and renovation. Furthermore, the growth of the research enterprise has made it necessary to build additional buildings to house this work. The State has been a partner with the University in funding these new and renovated facilities that support graduate teaching and associated research activities. It should be noted that in the last few years local funds, mainly F&A cost reimbursement and investment income, have played an increasing role in the funding of capital facilities construction and renovation.
Compared to its capital and salary expenditures at the University, the State provides relatively small amounts for direct research funding. Total unrestricted State funding for research, primarily in the Department of Environmental Health and the Advanced Technology Initiative, amounts to a few million dollars per year.