BLOOMINGTON - Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says the university broke a record in the amount of research money it received in 2019.  During a presentation to the IU Board of Trustees, McRobbie said the university took in $680 million in external funding, representing more than 2,800 IU research proposals.

"This is a truly extraordinary accomplishment,” said McRobbie "It reflects the excellence and importance of IU faculty research in a funding environment that continues to grow increasingly more competitive.”

IU says the previous external funding record for the school was $614 million set in fiscal year 2016. McRobbie said outside dollars for research from both public and private sources have increased nearly 45-percent since FY 2009.

The university says 66 percent of all IU’s research dollars came from federal sources in FY 2019. Of that amount, $235 million came from the National Institutes of Health supports health sciences research. Much of that money goes to fund research at the IU School of Medicine.

"The IU School of Medicine has emerged as a national leader in research on dementia, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and other diseases that have a devastating impact on patients in Indiana and throughout the world," said Dr. Jay Hess, dean of the School of Medicine and IU's executive vice president for university clinical affairs. Hess says the increase in grant funding reflects the extent to which IU researchers are at the cutting edge of medical research.

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