UAMS Researchers See 43% More Funding in Fiscal 2020

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its affiliate research institutions saw research funding grow by 43% this past year, obtaining $158.1 million in grants by the end of the fiscal year, which was June 30.

The bulk of the funding is from the National Institutes of Health and other federal sources.

“This is truly encouraging news for our research enterprise,” Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and innovation, said in a news release. “These funds help us answer critical scientific questions, test new ideas for tackling Arkansas’ major health issues, and elevate the stature of UAMS as a premier academic health center in the nation.”

UAMS researchers work at its main and regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

UAMS-based researchers acquired $125.5 million in grants, an increase of 55%. A total 358 projects received funding.

The largest grant was a five-year, $24.2 million Clinical and Translational Science award to the UAMS Translational Research Institute from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the NIH.

Helping spur the funding growth, Ho said, are new approaches and strategies at UAMS that have prioritized collaborative efforts, increased efficiencies in research administration and focused investments more directly in areas related to improving health outcomes in Arkansas.

At ACRI, UAMS researchers acquired $23.8 million for 140 projects, compared to $23.7 million last year.

At CAVHS, UAMS researchers successfully competed for nearly $9 million in grants from the Veterans Affairs Research & Development Program and nonprofit Biomedical Research Foundation. The funding, which represents an increase of more than 15% compared to 2019, supported 23 research projects.