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Rutgers’ faculty members continue to generate an increasing amount of external support for research, and new data from the university show healthy growth over the past two years, including an 11 percent increase in federal funding for the second year in a row.

Rutgers’ research grants and sponsored programs in fiscal year 2016 totaled $637.9 million, up more than $25 million from the prior year’s figure of $612.5 million, a 4 percent increase. Over the past two years, the dollar value of grants and sponsored programs at Rutgers rose by 22 percent during a time of challenging grant support nationally.

Rutgers’ Office of Research and Economic Development today (October 4) issued a summary of research funding for FY2016, which ended June 30.

While federal R&D funding nationally is projected to have increased by 6 percent in FY2016, the total federal allocation for research decreased in FY2015 by 1 percent, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) report. Despite those limitations, Rutgers experienced an 11 percent increase in federal grants and contracts in FY2016, from $303.2 million in FY2015 up to $335.5 million last year. Rutgers’ federal funding for research also rose by 11 percent from FY2014 to FY2015. The university’s two successive years of double-digit increases in federal support for research is noteworthy, said Christopher J. Molloy, Rutgers senior vice president for research and economic development.

“The research enterprise at Rutgers is driven by our faculty, which includes numerous world leaders in their fields, and they deserve credit for the impressive growth in external support for research this university has seen over the past two years,” Molloy said. “It is noteworthy that, along with federal agencies, the university has received greater support from corporations and foundations, as they recognize the high quality and impact of the research being done at Rutgers.”

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