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Thursday, March 4, 2010

$8.5M facilities grant to bolster UC's research standing

The University of Cincinnati has been awarded nearly $8.5 million by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) for the repair, renovation, and modernization of existing research facilities in uptown Cincinnati.

In 2003, then University of Cincinnati president Dr. Nancy Zimpher championed UC|21 - a comprehensive academic planning process that would help lead UC into the 21st Century. Among UC|21's six primary goals, Goal 2 was to "grow our research excellence" by building on the university's greatness as a major research university. The goal was taken even further by Dr. Zimpher who often stated the goal of making the University of Cincinnati the premier urban research institution.

Click to open larger version in new window. Chart produced by Randy A. Simes.

In 2009, the University of Cincinnati generated $378 million in research funding compared with $194 million in 2000, just before the start of UC|21, representing a 95 percent increase in research funding over a ten year period. Announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the nearly $8.5 million grant will be issued tomorrow on March 4, 2010 and remain active for five years after its activation.

“This is great news for the University of Cincinnati," said U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH). "UC carries out cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields, and this investment will help ensure the university can continue its important work."


BBrown said...

I was wondering if you read the letter to the editor "Ohio State Hogs College Funding by a UC professor in early January. It stated that even though UC and OSU are about even on federal research funding received, OSU receives a majority of the state research funding because it was designated in 2008 by the state as the "Land Grant and National Research University" for Ohio. If you have read this do you think that this would ever be reformed? It seems this puts UC programs at a distinct disadvantage for state research funds even though the federal government values its research capabilities.

Randy Simes said...

It does certainly seem like OSU has a built-in advantage over every other state school in Ohio. I can understand this to a certain degree since OSU is in the state capital and is basically the primary state school.

But, UC's enrollment growth and growth in research and development over the last decade have made UC so much more than a commuter school. UC now has some 40,000 students with the majority of incoming students living on or around campus. Research funding has obviously increased and the school is building a tremendous academic reputation with its magnet colleges.

The playing field should be more equal, but I doubt we'll see a sea change like that any time soon. Unfortunately.

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