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Georgia State sets another record for research funding

Friday, August 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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Georgia State University received $147 million in research funding during the last fiscal year, setting a record for the sixth consecutive year.

The total exceeded last year’s record of $120.1 million. One of the largest funding increases came from industry research grants and contracts, which grew nearly fivefold.

“As one of the nation’s fastest growing research institutions, Georgia State has rapidly developed a reputation for scientific innovation,” said James Weyhenmeyer, the university's vice president for research and economic development. “Achieving this funding benchmark shows that we’ve been adept at cultivating monetary support for our innovative work, which helps drive economic development and transformative research at the university and throughout the metro Atlanta region.”

The university experienced a particularly large spike in funding for health and biomedical research. Of the $147 million, more than $20 million went toward research in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, and more than $16 million was for research in the School of Public Health.

Highlights of the fiscal 2017 awards included a $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which went to Margo Brinton of the College of Arts and Sciences to investigate the consequences of West Nile and Zika virus infections on the human central nervous system.

The NIH also awarded more than $4 million to Christopher Basler of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences to develop a drug targeting the Ebola virus. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation awarded a $3.9 million grant to Tim Sass and Dan Kreisman of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to create the Georgia Center for Education Policy, which will work to improve academic, career and life outcomes for students across the state.

Georgia State earned its designation as a major research institution in 1995 and now ranks among the nation’s top 108 public and private universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Highest Research Activity.

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