Research funding up 11.5 percent

After several years of moderate increases, the rate of growth of total research and development expenditures at UB more than tripled during the 2006 fiscal year (FY 2006).

Funding rose to $297.9 million in FY 2006, an increase of $30.6 million—or 11.5 percent—over the previous year, according to UB’s report to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its annual Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges.

Research in the life sciences at UB accounted for $212.4 million in research expenditures, or 71.3 percent of the FY 2006 total of $297.9 million, with funding of medical research totaling $146.7 million, or 69 percent of the grand total.

Engineering research was the second-largest category, totaling $47.8 million. Expenditures for research in the physical sciences were $14.3 million. UB researchers whose funding is detailed in the NSF report include those at the university, affiliated teaching hospitals, Calspan-University at Buffalo Research Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute and UB’s Research Institute on Addictions.