The total funding awarded to sponsored projects at UCSB in 2009-10, from July 1 to June 30, was a record $222 million. This is an increase of 28% over last year's total of $174 million, and represents a doubling of extramural funding over the last ten years.
The increase in extramural funding is mostly due to increased funding from the federal research agencies. UCSB received $192 million in direct and indirect federal funding in 2009-10. Each of these numbers is about 30% greater than the previous record year, which was 2008-09.
Awards in the Indirect Federal category were given initially to another institution for a multi-institution project, then flowed through for work performed at UCSB. Of the $29.6 million in indirect federal flowthrough, non-profit sponsors provided $13.7 million; industry, $8.8 million; UC, $6.6 million; and state and local government, $450,000. Thus, 87 percent of the total sponsored project funding originates with the federal government.
Direct federal funding amounts to about 73 percent of the campus' extramural total in 2009-10. The National Science Foundation provided more funding to UCSB in 2009-10—$67 million—than did any other agency.
These record funding levels can be linked directly to the effect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), from which we received about $40 million. These ARRA funds were awarded through extremely competitive programs run by federal research agencies. In fact, $35 million of the ARRA funds awarded to UCSB came from two agencies, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science within the Department of Energy (DOE).
The single largest research grant was the $15.7 million awarded to the Institute for Energy Efficiency (lEE) to establish the Center for Energy-Efficient Materials (CEEM), which was funded by the DOE Office of Science as one of their Energy Frontier Research Centers. The goal of CEEM is to make breakthroughs in the fundamental science and engineering behind three of the most promising technologies in the energy sector: photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and solidstate lighting.
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