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Research awards top $22 million for UC Merced

POSTED July 24, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Capitalizing on a growing reputation as a new research-based university, the University of California, Merced brought in more than $22 million in grants and awards for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to university officials.
A total of 85 awards, amounting to $22,827,488, came in between July 1, 2008, and June 30, approximately 39 percent more than the $16.3 million received in fiscal year 2007-08.
The $22 million marked the highest amount the university has received since it opened in 2005.
“We are proud of our faculty’s growing success in obtaining grants that are vital to UC Merced’s core mission as a research university,” said Samuel Traina, vice chancellor for research and dean of graduate studies. “Research is the cornerstone the University of California and we are pleased that UC Merced continues to garner strong funding.”
UC Merced’s research covers an array of fields, including: Climate change, solar and renewable energy, water quality and resources, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and biomedical topics including stem cell and cancer research.
The $22.8 million in grant and award funds came from a variety of federal, state and private sources including: The National Science Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture and the California Institute for Energy and the Environment.
“The continued growth in research grants and contracts to UC Merced allows our innovative faculty and students to conduct trailblazing, multidisciplinary research that will help solve problems that affect our region, California and beyond,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Keith Alley.
Some of the grant money has directly benefited the region through outreach programs, like efforts designed to increase the area’s college-going rates and prepare San Joaquin Valley students for the challenges of university-level coursework.

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