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UNL's ARRA efforts are paying off

UNL's ARRA efforts are paying off

UNL's aggressive pursuit of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is paying off. UNL faculty were awarded $15.7 million in federal grants funded by federal stimulus legislation through Sept. 30, the end of the first quarter of record-keeping for ARRA awards.

UNL had received 45 competitive ARRA grants totaling $15,722,674 from federal agencies as of Sept. 30. This total includes the funds received to date and the anticipated additional funds that have been committed for the life of these projects. Individual grants range from around $25,000 to nearly $2.7 million and support a broad range of research across many academic disciplines. Nearly all of UNL's stimulus grants have come from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

UNL submitted 147 stimulus program funding proposals totaling $196.5 million through Sept. 30. Many of those proposals are still pending with federal funding agencies.

"Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our country is providing unprecedented funding for research in recognition that research is critical to the future of our economy," said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman. "We have been aggressively pursuing these much-needed funds to support our research and to create and retain jobs and economic activity in Nebraska."

Prem Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development, said UNL has received additional grants since Sept. 30, and "we're anticipating more good news in the future as more proposals work through the process."

The Office of Research and Economic Development is updating its ARRA Web page to highlight some of the many stimulus-supported research projects and to list awards to date. The site will continue providing links to ARRA funding announcements and other information for faculty.

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