October 16, 2000
Contact: Jim Burns (831) 459-2495; email@example.com
UCSC RAISES $53.4 MILLION IN CONTRACTS AND GRANTS FUNDING TO SUPPORT RESEARCH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SANTA CRUZ, CA--Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, attracted
$53.4 million in external contracts and grants to UCSC last year, the highest total
ever received by the campus.
The increase in contracts and grants funding during the 1999-2000 year reflects a
pattern of continued growth that the campus has sustained for the last decade. The
campus's total contracts and grants funding has grown by more than 150 percent since
The single-largest grant, for $4.3 million, was received by the Center for Adaptive
Optics, one of five Science and Technology Centers approved for funding by the National
Science Foundation in 1999. Research funds received from federal, state, and
private agencies totaled $53,405,919 between July 1, 1999, and June 30, 2000. That
figure is 5.6 percent higher than the previous year's total of $50.6 million.
"We continue to do well, and UCSC's grant and contracts awards have grown over
the last five years at the fastest rate of any UC campus," said William Clark,
director of UCSC's Office of Sponsored Projects.
The campus processed a total of 628 awards in 1999-2000, compared to 635 in 1998-99.
Principal funders included the National Science Foundation ($13.9 million), the National
Institutes of Health ($7.6 million), the U.S. Department of Education ($5.6 million),
the U.S. Department of Energy ($2.9 million), and the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration ($2.3 million).
Eight different departments or research groups at UCSC brought in more than $2 million
each in contracts and grants funding. They are biology ($6.3 million), Institute
of Marine Sciences ($5.7 million), education ($5.4 million), chemistry ($5.4 million),
MBEST ($3.3 million), Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics ($2.8 million), computer
engineering ($2.0 million), and Institute of Tectonics ($2.0 million).
The largest awards were received for research in the areas of adaptive optics, cultural
diversity and second-language learning, cancer research, development of the Fort
Ord/MBEST project, particle physics, and computer networking.
Editor's note: You may reach William Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (831) 459-5278.
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