Spurred by research in medicine, energy and law, the University of South Carolina set a record for sponsored award funding during the 2015 fiscal year.
In total, university faculty garnered $242.8 million in sponsored awards; a 5.5 percent increase over last year’s funding, according to a statement by the university. The largest 2015 sponsored awards support a wide variety of initiatives, including $18.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue the South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program; $8.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Center; $5.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to manage a competitive grants program; $4.7 million from the U.S. Department of State to fund the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Program (JusTRAC); and $4 million from the Department of Energy to validate current procedures for storing used nuclear fuel and investigate advanced methods for handling and storing used fuel.
“USC’s faculty set two sponsored award records in the past year because of their hard work, excellence and willingness to go the distance by collaborating, innovating and working to achieve more than ever,” said university President Harris Pastides. “That they were able to make these strides in such a competitive funding climate makes their accomplishments all the more impressive. Their success is an inspiration to me, to our students and to the entire Gamecock community.”