Research Funding Reaches New High-$628 million

Researchers at Emory received $628 million from external funding agencies in fiscal year 2016–2017. This marks the eighth consecutive year that research funding has exceeded $500 million, and with an increase from $574.6 million in FY16, is the largest amount of research funding in Emory’s history.

Federal agencies awarded $384 million, or more than 61 percent of the total, led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $320 million in awards. NIH funding represented more than 83 percent of total federal dollars awarded to Emory.

“Research funding at Emory has continued on a strong upward trajectory over the past decade due to the hard work of our dedicated research faculty, trainees, and administrative staff, and the enthusiastic support for research from Emory’s leadership,” says David Stephens, vice president for research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

“Despite continued funding challenges at the federal level, our research programs have continued to attract support because of demonstrated ground-breaking results and the promise of future discoveries with the potential to change the face of science and medicine.”

Researchers in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) received more than $584.8 million in FY17, or more than 93 percent of the university total, with $353.7 million in federal funding, including $307.7 million from the NIH. The WHSC includes the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

The School of Medicine received $355.7 million, the Rollins School of Public Health received $131.7 million, Yerkes National Primate Research Center received $79 million, Emory College received $35.4 million, and Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received $15 million.FS

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