UToledo Research Funding Increases 18% in One Year, 70% in Five Years

September 23, 2021 | News, Research, UToday, Alumni, Arts and Letters, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Judith Herb College of Education, Medicine and Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
By Christine Billau

From water quality and solar power technology to biomedical engineering and infectious diseases, The University of Toledo’s research enterprise continues to surge as research dollars for the 2021 fiscal year total more than $65 million, an 18.3% increase in one year and 70% higher than research awards five years ago.

Federal research grants alone jumped 20.9% in one year, which made up 83% of total award funding in the 2021 fiscal year. Winning federal awards is evidence that UToledo faculty members are successful in competing with faculty from universities across the nation, aligns University research with the missions of federal agencies and provides more national recognition for research underway on campus, said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president of research.

The UToledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics saw the steepest increase with its researchers earning $24.2 million in research funding, up 18% compared to fiscal year 2020 and up 52.8% compared to fiscal year 2019.

“As a national, public research university, UToledo is accelerating its mission to advance science, find solutions to global challenges and drive economic development in the northwest Ohio region,” said UToledo President Gregory Postel. “We’re proud of our faculty experts who are leaders in their disciplines earning these competitive research grants and sharing their scholarly and creative works with the world.”

A number of recent projects involve collaboration with national laboratories and other universities, using the world’s fastest supercomputers and most sophisticated scientific instrumentation.

“Thanks to talented, determined researchers across UToledo campuses and advocates like U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, we have been able to secure significantly more competitive national funding,” Calzonetti said. “We look forward to continuing to grow our strong research profile.”

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