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UTSA Reports $48.6 Million in Research Spending
UTSA

January, 2011

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) released its newest research numbers today, reporting a 4.6 percent increase to $48,651,962 in total research spending for the Sept. 1, 2009 – Aug. 31, 2010 fiscal year (FY 10) over the previous fiscal year, when research spending totaled $46,521,487. The statistic is up 50.5 percent from just five years ago, when UTSA’s total research expenditures were $32,316,849.

In addition, for FY 10, UTSA reported $70,150,966 in total research and non-research spending, a sum known as “total sponsored programs expenditures.” The figure represents a four percent increase over the last fiscal year and a 40.9 percent increase over the last five fiscal years when the numbers were $67,427,457 and $49,779,327, respectively. (See chart below.)

“Research is vital to UTSA’s growth and has a tremendous impact on the quality of education we provide our students,” said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. “UTSA’s faculty are among the nation’s top researchers in health, security, energy, sustainability and human development. By pairing our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, with these brilliant scholars, UTSA already offers a Tier One education. As we strengthen UTSA’s research efforts, we are also improving lives in San Antonio and the economic outlook of our region.”

UTSA Vice President for Research Robert Gracy credits UTSA’s FY 10 research growth to a number of factors.

“San Antonio is an extremely unique place in the nation for research collaboration,” said Gracy. “Right in our own backyard, we have research partners at the UT Health Science Center, Southwest Research Institute, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, South Texas Technology Management, the military and numerous corporations. We also have booming biomedical and cyber security industries.”

In addition, UTSA’s jump in FY 10 research expenditures was supported by two revenue sources. In FY 10, UTSA researchers spent $3,883,011 in competitive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), better known to the public as federal stimulus funding. In addition, UTSA and UT Health Science Center collaborators received $3,762,032 in funding from the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI).

The UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development were responsible for the bulk of UTSA’s FY 10 total sponsored programs expenditures. The College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development spent $29,936,532, $8,192,317 and $2,255,789 on total sponsored programs, respectively.

FY 10 included additional research milestones for UTSA. In January 2010, UTSA welcomed Helenita, the world’s most powerful electron microscope. The instrument raised global awareness of UTSA and is attracting physics researchers from around the world. In March, UTSA opened its New Venture Incubator, stepping up its push to develop and commercialize the intellectual property of UTSA faculty and students. In June, San Antonio-based CPS Energy announced a 10-year, $50 million research initiative with the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute to position San Antonio as a national leader in green technology research. In October, UTSA received AAALAC International accreditation, elevating its animal research program to the likes of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health.

To learn more about UTSA research, visit http://vpr.utsa.edu or contact 210-458-4341.

 

 

FY 06

FY 07

FY 08

FY 09

FY 10

1-yr. Chg

5-yr. Chg

Total Research Expenditures

$32,316,849

$32,320,710

$34,601,444

$46,521,487

$48,651,962

4.6%

50.5%

Non-Research Expenditures

$17,462,478

$15,875,328

$17,268,129

$20,905,970

$21,499,004

2.8%

23.1%

Total Expenditures

$49,779,327

$48,196,039

$51,869,574

$67,427,457

$70,150,966

4.0%

40.9%

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 30,300 students in 65 bachelor’s, 49 master’s and 21 doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/today.



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