Research awards to the Univ. of Florida (UF) held steady last year at $640.6 million despite a slowdown in federal funding brought on by the budget sequestration. The total is within 1% of 2012’s $644.4 million.

Researchers from the six colleges of UF Health brought in $363.1 million. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences brought in $107.1 million, followed by the College of Engineering with $66.4 million, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with $35.8 million and the remaining colleges with a combined $68.2 million.

Funding from the federal government accounts for about 65% of UF’s total and most federal agencies were down, including UF’s largest sponsor, the National Institutes of Health, down 7.1% from $159.9 million to $148.6 million.

The newest total marks a nearly 40% increase in UF research awards since 2002-03.

Support from industry was up nearly 30% to $70.8 million.

UF had more than 50 grants of more than $1 million to researchers in various sectors of the campus. Major UF Health grants included $12.1 million to Marco Pahor of the Institute on Aging to study the effectiveness of physical activity and aging health education programs for the elderly; $7.5 million to Elizabeth Shenkman of the Institute for Child Health Policy to examine disparities in access to and quality of health care for the publicly insured, particularly children and those with special health care needs; and $3.9 million to David Nelson in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to focus on clinical studies.

Source: Univ. of Florida