Notre Dame Continues 'Good Story' of Research Funding

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The University of Notre Dame is the most recent college in the state to report an annual record in research funding. The university says it received $138.1 million in fiscal 2017, capped off by June's all-time monthly high water mark of $27.6 million. Both Indiana University and Purdue University announced research funding records in 2016.

Notre Dame Vice President of Research Bob Bernhard says fundraising success by Indiana's highest-profile research institutions is bucking national trends. "I don't know that there is a macro-trend besides the three universities in the state of Indiana working very hard at this and successfully competing," Bernhard told Inside INdiana Business. "I was just looking at some recent data for some of the premiere universities in the country and not all of them are growing. In fact, there's a fairly significant distribution of growth versus deductions and expenditures at the national universities, so what's happening in Indiana is a pretty good story."

Notre Dame's previous record was tallied in fiscal 2015, when it received $133.7 million. Last year, Notre Dame reported near-record research funding intake. The majority of research awards in fiscal 2017 -- nearly 58 percent -- came from federal sources. The remainder is from nearly 27 percent foundations or other sponsors and more than 15 percent from industry sources.

A few notable funding totals the school landed last year include:

  • $7 million from various sources for the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory
  • $6.7 million from the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. and DARPA to the the College of Engineering's Center for Low Energy Systems Technology
  • $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health for the College of Science's VectorBase bioinformatics resource
  • $1.6 million for the Department of Theology to study sacred music from the Lilly Endowment

Bernhard says researchers submitted 1,200 proposals during the fiscal year. You can read more about Notre Dame's record year by clicking here.

University of Notre Dame Vice President of Research Bob Bernhard says fundraising success by Indiana's highest-profile research institutions is bucking national trends.
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