UF sets another research record
The University of Florida, the state’s flagship research institution, just enjoyed another record year, raking in $583 million in research funding for the budget year that ended in June. That’s 12 percent more than last year and includes a $45-million increase in state research dollars. That includes $8.5 million that lawmakers gave UF to establish two new Centers of Excellence -— the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Center for Bio-Nano Sensors. But UF’s biggest draw continues to be its medical school, attracting $260-million. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences earned $93.5 million and the College of Engineering $69 million. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences brought in $48 million. UF’s federal dollars grew by 11 percent, to $361-million, despite tight budgets in Washington.