CSU research expenditures topped off at more than $300 million in 2010, ranking CSU in the top 3 percent of institutions without a medical school for research expenditures.
â€œColorado State University is a research university,â€ said Brad Bohlander, spokesman for the university. â€œEverything from engineering to biomedical science (research is done). It really spans over just about everything we do.â€
CSU is nationally ranked 15 out of 554 institutions without a medical school for research expenditure dollars and in the top 10 percent of all research universities.
â€œAs a result of their productivity in the laboratory, Colorado State University researchers are initiating record invention disclosures,â€ said Bill Farland, vice president for Research.
CSUâ€™s top federal sponsors include annually:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides $53 million,
- Health and Human Services, which provides CSU $50.5 million, and
- The National Science Foundation, which provides $31.9 million.
Current projects the university is working on include clean energy products and agricultural research.
Grant awards went from $274.3 million last year to $285.6 million this year.
Bohlander said the credit goes to the universityâ€™s productive faculty and its ability to involve students, both graduate and undergraduate, in hands-on learning.
â€œWhile the economic downturn has generally affected state and foundation support and federal support nationwide, federal dollars continued to increase into the university, which is a testament to the quality of proposals submitted by our faculty,â€ Farland said.
CSU competes with CU-Boulder for the highest number of dollars in research expenditure in Colorado. CU came in at $340 million in 2009, according to the institutionâ€™s research website. In 2009 CSU brought in $311.7 million.
â€œWe go back and forth with Boulder. Colorado is really lucky to have two great research universities,â€ Bohlander said. â€œThere are a lot of benefits the state economy gets. It brings a lot of jobs for the state and brings a tremendous amount of opportunity to faculty and students.â€
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