Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center brought in a record dollar amount of funding for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. Dr. Jennifer Larsen is UNMC’s Vice Chancellor for Research and says for the first time they surpassed the $100-million mark.
Dr. Larsen says, “The total amount is $115.1-million. This is for one year’s funding of all the different research awards that were received. Within this portfolio we have research awards aimed at different aspects of cancer, cardio-vascular disease, different types of neurologic disease, infectious diseases, rural health, health disparities, just to name a few.”
Dr. Larsen says this could have direct impact on the people of Nebraska. This money will be used for laboratory type experiments, clinical trials and take research that has been proven effective into the communities and beyond the health center. She says research is a broad range that includes laboratory, bedside and community based kinds of projects.
Contributing factors to the increase include the recruitment of new faculty that resulted in new awards by early career scientists, an increased effort to diversify UNMC’s funding through greater recruitment to clinical trials and building new collaborative research partnerships.
The majority of the funding, 64% came from federal sources – predominantly the National Institutes of Health.