UA Tops $600 Million Mark in Research Activity
The University, ranked as one of the nation's top 20 public research universities by the National Science Foundation, also saw an increase in individual faculty research activity.

UA Office for Research & Discovery
March 15, 2016


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The University of Arizona's research activity topped $606 million for fiscal year 2015, surpassing the previous year's total by nearly $20 million.


"This increase in the UA's research expenditures demonstrates that our strategies to expand research and innovation at the University are working," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "I am constantly inspired by the ingenuity and dedication of the faculty and staff who drive the UA's research output, particularly for their ability to do so at such a high level of quality and intensity despite historic challenges in securing funding.


"With this wonderful news, I am confident that the UA will continue to support Arizona's innovation economy and provide a world-class educational experience rooted in outstanding research and scholarship."


Along with the increase in total research activity, UA faculty also saw an increase individually. In FY2015, faculty averaged $388,000 each in research activity.


"Increasing research activity really is a collective effort — starting with researchers who submit winning grants to students and staff who do so much of the research at our facilities," said Kimberly Andrews Espy, UA senior vice president for research. "This increase means we will continue to be one of the state's premier research partners for industry and government, while also creating a wonderful research experience for our students that will prepare them for their future careers."


Ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of the nation's top 20 public research universities, the UA has maintained its status with a dynamic strategic plan, Never Settle, emphasizing growth and development.


In November 2015, the Arizona Board of Regents reviewed and approved UA's performance-based benchmarks for 2025, one of which is to reach three-quarters of a billion dollars in research expenditures in the next decade.


Among the largest awards in FY2015:

  • $5.6 million for research in finding similar planets to Earth (NASA)
  • $3.8 million for identifying non-pharmacologic methods for enhancing sleep in PTSD (U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity)
  • $3.1 million for a study of biomarkers in ovarian cancer (National Cancer Institute)


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