USF rises in national ranks for research spending
The University of South Florida is enjoying more prestige for research gains made in the past year.
The university moved up to number 43 for research spending in the federal government's rankings of public and private colleges nationwide. That's a boost of 10 spots from last year, aided by the university’s new research spending record of $413.6 million. Out of all public institutions, USF came in 27th in total research expenditures, up from 33rd place last year.
USF has been successful in securing private research grants and contracts in an era when public funding for higher education has dwindled, and a year when the country has experienced both federal sequestration and a government shutdown. Private and corporate-funded grants and contracts now make up about 45 percent of USF’s research totals, officials said.
USF president Judy Genshaft said in a statement Monday: "Our rise in the research rankings is a direct result of the hard work that goes on every single day across our campus, as well as our shared commitment to improving lives through scientific discovery; the creation of new knowledge and new technologies; and the development of improved cures and treatments for illnesses and diseases. Our work is making a difference in people’s lives and in Florida’s economy."
The survey data comes from the National Science Foundation. Research dollars help indicate how much research an institution is doing. USF research grants and contracts have totaled more than $1.2 billion over the past three years, with research funding growing by 62 percent over a decade. In the past year, USF's awards included $45 million for Type 1 diabetes research, $3.9 million for engineering work involving wastewater, $3.3 million to study the decision to disclose HIV to family members and $2.8 million to follow breast cancer patients undergoing genetic testing.