Georgia State University researchers break external funding record

ATLANTA – Georgia State University researchers received $71.2 million from external funding agencies in fiscal year 2013 marking the second straight year of record-breaking research funding.

“This outstanding achievement, during a time of diminishing federal research funding, is a testament to the quality and expertise of our faculty,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “We thank all our sponsors who see the value in our research and continue to invest in our endeavors to train the next generation of scientists, enhance society’s quality of life through basic research and also to grow the state and national economy with discovery and invention.”

The university’s fiscal year 2013 external funding total is a seven percent increase over 2012. External funding comes from federal, state and local government, as well as industry, foundations and other universities. This is in addition to state funding, which supports the university’s day-to-day business and are used to support student education, conduct research across academic disciplines and to build and maintain university facilities.

Funding from federal agencies accounted for 61 percent or $43.4 million of the university’s external funding total. The U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development are the university’s top federal sponsors.

“Despite sequestration, which led to budget cuts for some of our top funding agencies, our federal funding continues to grow,” said Georgia State Vice President for Research and Economic Development James Weyhenmeyer. “The university continues to make progress against its goal to be a leading public research institution addressing some of the most challenging issues of the 21st century.”

Below are some of the grants that contributed to the fiscal year 2013 increase:

  • Five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the Center on Literacy and Deafness.
  • Five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a new research center that will focus on ways to improve adult literacy in the United States.
  • $3.9 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project that will better the lives of children and families of substance-abusing individuals who receive treatment through the DeKalb County, Georgia Drug Court.
  • $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support research that will lead to better flu vaccines and vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus.
  • $3.1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support research into the neurobiology behind the evolution of positive emotions that sustain and empower human achievement.
  • $3 million, five-year grant from the NIH to examine the underlying factors behind alcohol intoxication and violence between significant others and spouses.
  • $2.8 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to support After-School All-Stars Atlanta, enabling the program to continue its work and establish four-week summer academies at three of its after-school sites.
  • $2.5 million grant from the NIH to study the basis of reading deficits in African-American children.