The University of Notre Dame says it recorded its second-highest research funding total in fiscal year 2016. The university received $128 million in research funding, down from a record $133 million the previous year.

Notre Dame says 57 percent of the awards it received came from federal funding, 16 percent came from foundations and 15 percent came from industry. The remaining 12 percent came from foreign entities, local and state governments and nonprofit organizations.

"This was another strong year for Notre Dame Research and it reflects the talents of our faculty and students," said Robert Bernhard, vice president for research at Notre Dame. "Due to their hard work and great achievements, we are celebrating another successful year for research funding and finished strong with the highest month of funding — nearly $23 million in June — in the University’s history."

Some of the largest awards the university received include:

  • $5.8 million from the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) for continued support of the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST).
  • $4.9 million from the Templeton Religion Trust to conduct research on advancing the empirical study of global religion in mainstream academia.
  • $2.8 million from the National Institutes of Health for continued support of Vectorbase, a bioinformatics resource for invertebrate vectors of human pathogens.

You can learn more about Notre Dame’s research initiatives by clicking here.