February 22, 2007
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UMDNJ Attracts Strong Increase in Federal Research Dollars
University Ranks 4th in Growth among Top 100 Schools in U.S., Now Top School in N.J.
NEWARK—The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) attracted one-sixth more in federal funding for research and development (R&D) in fiscal year 2005 than it did in fiscal year 2004 - meaning it is now the largest academic institution in the state of New Jersey for projects funded by federal research dollars.
Overall, UMDNJ attracted $143.2 million in federal research dollars in fiscal year 2005, a 17.6% increase over the $121.8 million in such projects in fiscal year 2004. (The federal fiscal year for a given calendar year runs from October 1 of the previous calendar year to September 30 of the current calendar year.)
The result was noted in the National Science Foundation's annual Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges. The survey polls 640 educational institutions around the country that have bachelor’s and graduate degree programs in science, to determine the amount of money they receive in R&D grants from all federal sources (not just the NSF). More information is available on the NSF Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf07311.
"We have a very vibrant and productive research enterprise at UMDNJ, and it is gratifying that this continues to be recognized by federal agencies such as NIH and the NSF," said Kathleen W. Scotto, PhD, Vice President for Research and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. "As we continue to grow and diversify our research teams at the University, and strengthen our alliances with other academic and industry partners, we hope to establish New Jersey as the model for the discovery, development and delivery of superior healthcare across the nation."
The jump means that UMDNJ is now ranked in the top 10% nationally among all schools, leaping from 71st in fiscal year 2004 to 64th in fiscal year 2005. Only two other schools in the top 100 jumped more than seven places in the annual survey. UMDNJ is also now the top academic institution in New Jersey in the amount of federal research dollars received.
Among the top 100 schools nationally, UMDNJ's rate of growth in federal research dollars was exceeded only by Texas A&M University (22.6% growth), Arizona State University (18.4% growth), and Wake Forest University (18.0% growth). Among health sciences universities, UMDNJ ranked sixth nationwide in federal research dollars, and had the highest rate of growth among the 11 health sciences universities ranked in the top 100 schools.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.