Memphis, Tennessee (July 20, 2021) – The Office of Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center announced that annual research grants and contract awards for FY21, which ended June 30, totaled over $ 121 million amount, an increase of 20.6% over the previous year.

The total research award for fiscal year 21 is $ 121,700,667. About half of these funds come from federal funds. Faculty of all six colleges and four campuses broke records in a number of categories, including number of grant applications by fiscal year and quarter. Additionally, the UTHSC College of Pharmacy rose to number 14 among the Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy with grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Year-over-year metrics show a total increase from $ 85 million in fiscal 2017 to $ 121.7 million today in research awards for the university. This equates to a 43% growth in research grants and contracts over five years.

During the same period, UTHSC’s non-clinical grants and contracts (sponsored programs, research and education grants and contracts) spend over $ 300 million, showing strong growth across all grant and contract portfolios.

The infrastructure overhaul, carried out by the UTHSC Office of Research and carried out by Vice Chancellor for Research Steven Goodman, PhD, as part of the 2016 Five-Year Operational Strategy Plan for Research, enabled the UTHSC research firm to stay throughout the UTHSC’s life -Research company to remain fully operational in pandemic, although the campuses were operated mainly remotely. More staff, improved resources and new optimized and automated processes enabled the researchers to successfully adapt and advance their projects despite the physical limitations at all locations. In addition, as part of the research strategy plan, the Office of Research (CORNET) seed grant funding program is recognized by the faculty as a driving force behind the joint funding effort.

Many programs and faculties performed exceptionally during this period, which contributed to the growth in funding. Some lately are:

The UT Institute for the Study of Host Pathogen Systems (ISHPS), led by Colleen Jonsson, PhD, Van Fleet Endowed Professor and Director of the UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), received a multi-year national grant of nearly US 23 million in 2017 -Dollar.

The Tennessee Heart Health Network, led by Jim Bailey, MD, Robert S. Pearce Endowed Chair of Internal Medicine and Director of the Tennessee Population Health Consortium, received a multi-year grant from the U.S. Agency for Research and Quality in Health Care in May of $ 4.5 million.

Sam Dagogo-Jack, MD, AC Mullins Professor of Medicine, Director of the General Clinical Research Center and Head of the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, along with Nawajes Mandal, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences in April received $ 1.99 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for their work in improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of prediabetes, diabetes, and related complications.

Jonathan H. Jaggar, PhD, Maury Bronstein Endowed Professor in the Department of Physiology, received a $ 2.3 million scholarship for blood pressure research from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in March.

Francesca-Fang Liao, PhD, and Fu-Ming Zhou, PhD, both professors in the Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science and Toxicology, received $ 1.9 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in March to investigate possible causes of Investigate dementia.

Since its inception in 2018, the Clinical Trials Network of Tennessee (CTN2) has offered the University and Tennessee citizens more than 200 clinical trial opportunities, including three related to COVID-19, and has offered more than $ 10 million in awards the University.


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