October 20, 2003

Sponsored research maintains upward trajectory

Emory continued its rapid pace of research growth in fiscal year 2003, receiving a total of $319.1 million in sponsored research funding. This represents an increase of $38 million, or 14 percent, over research funding in FY02.

Over the past five years sponsored research has grown by more than 93 percent, making Emory one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation. Federal funding was responsible for more than 75 percent of the FY03 total, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) making up 61 percent of that amount.

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) received $295.5 million, more than 92 percent of the University total and a greater than 16 percent increase over FY02.
According to the Office of Sponsored Programs, research funding in the Rollins School of Public Health ($45.1 million) grew by 24 percent in FY03; the School of Medicine ($204 million) grew by 17 percent; and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing ($3.3 million) grew by 26 percent. Federal funding was responsible for 76 percent of WHSC funding, with NIH monies making up 65 percent of the total. Research funding for Emory College was $16.8 million.

"It is a significant and notable fact that Emory scientists have won these research funds competitively, on a national basis, even within these difficult fiscal times," said Vice President for Research Frank Stout. "These are dollars that have been brought into Georgia through the intellectual capability of our faculty, and these funds will provide additional support for the state’s economy."

The top 10 departments within the University for funded research in FY03 were medicine, neurology, psychiatry, behavioral sciences and health education, pathology and laboratory medicine, surgery, pediatrics, epidemiology, Yerkes National Primate Research Center Division of Administration, and microbiology and immunology at Yerkes.

—Offices of Research and Sponsored Programs