2011 UChicago sponsored research funding still robust despite Recovery Act Funding decreases

February 2, 2012

The University of Chicago received $444 million in sponsored research funding and 2,094 awards in fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011), down 13 percent from previous year. A major decrease in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, from $87.9 million in FY’10 to $12.2 million in FY’11, explains the difference. Adjusting for ARRA funding, there was a net increase of 2 percent from FY’10 to FY’11. One hundred and fifteen awards were for more than $I million, a 55 percent increase from FY’10.

Eighty-one percent of total funding was from federal agencies; the remainder from non-federal sponsors (corporations, foundations, other non-profit organizations, and state and local governments). Private foundation support increased 43 percent from FY’10. UChicago received 10 awards from foundations in excess of $1 million. Federal funding decreased by 16 percent while non-federal funding increased five percent from last year.

Three-fourths of the University’s total federal funding was from The Department of Health and Human Services, primarily the National Institutes of Health. DHHS funding decreased by $14.7 million, or five percent, from last year. The University received 855 NIH awards in FY’11. Among them:

  • Andrzej Joachimiak, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology and the Computation Institute, received $6.3 million for The Midwest Center for Structural Genomics for initiatives that will examine proteins potentially responsible for the virulence of three of the world’s most dangerous bacteria: staphylococcus, tuberculosis and salmonella.
  • Deborah Gorman Smith, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, received $1.3 million from the Centers for Disease Control, for the Chicago Center for Youth Violence, one of four recently named National Academic Centers of Excellence. Led by Gorman-Smith, the CCYVP will build on earlier funding to develop an integrated set of activities aimed at reducing youth violence within targeted Chicago communities, and using the knowledge gained in this process to inform violence-prevention efforts more broadly.
  • Eduardo Perozo, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received $4.8 million for the creation of the Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium, a highly interactive, tightly integrated and multidisciplinary effort focused on elucidating the relationship between structure, dynamics and function in a variety of membrane proteins.
  • Ian Foster, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Computation Institute, received $7 million for the “Beagle,” a 150 teraflops, 18,000-core Cray XE6 supercomputer based at Argonne National Laboratory that will support computation, simulation and data analysis for the biomedical research community.
  • Julian Solway, MD, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and associate dean for translational medicine, received $4.1 million from NIH for the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program to prepare the next generation of clinical and translational researchers to reduce health disparities in the community by making widely available effective and personalized therapies.
  • Mark Ratian, MD, the Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine, and director, Center for Personalized Therapeutics; and Associate Director for Clinical Sciences, Comprehensive Cancer Center, received $4.1 million to investigate how a person's genes influence his or her response to anticancer drugs.
  • Olaf Schneewind, the Louis Block Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, and director of the Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence, was awarded $7.1 million for the development of new vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to counteract diseases caused by bio-threat agents.

The National Science Foundation provided nearly one-fifth of total federal funding to the University. NSF funding, $51 million in FY’11 vs. $89 million in FY’10, decreased by 43.4 percent as result of delayed award dates and overall decrease in the number of awards.

The University received 183 NSF awards. Among them:

  • James Viccaro, executive director, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), received $1.3 million for research facilities at ChemMatCARS, a high-brilliance national synchrotron x-ray facility for chemistry and materials science at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source.
  • Ka Yee Lee, professor in chemistry, received $2.9 million for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center which conducts innovative research to produce design principles for the next generation of materials.
  • Mark Rivers, senior scientist in geophysical sciences and the Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, received $2.2 million for GeoSoilEnviroCARS, a national resource for earth, planetary, and environmental science research at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne.
  • Stephan Meyer, professor in astronomy and astrophysics, received $3 million for the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, for interdisciplinary research to further understanding of the birth and earliest evolution of the Universe.

Other awards included:

  • Elaine Allensworth, interim executive director, Consortium on Chicago School Research, received $1.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the CCSR to develop new indicator systems and frameworks for high school and college readiness.
  • James Chandler, director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in English Language & Literature, received $400,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Center for Disciplinary Innovation which serves as an incubator for the development of a new model of flexible academic organization at the graduate level.
  • James Heckman, the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, received $1.5 million from the Institute for New Economic Thinking to initiate a three-year program of human capital and economic opportunity research.
  • John Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, received $1.5 million from the U.S. Army Research Office to implement a program designed to further social resilience among army recruits with the goal of enhancing individual capacity to face calamity better as a group, rather than alone.
  • John List, the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics, received $5.6 million from the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation to create an experimental laboratory to study the role incentives play for preschool children and their parents at the Griffin Early Childhood Center in Chicago Heights.
  • Larry Norman, deputy provost for the arts and professor in romance languages & literatures, received a four-year, $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new fellowship program at the University for visiting artists and scholars.
  • Victor Friedman, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Slavic Languages and Literatures, received $734,000 from The U.S. Department of Education, through the Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship programs, for the University’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES).