September 30, 2010

Case Western Reserve jumps 18 spots, to 26th, in federal research funding

A National Science Foundation report released this week reveals that Case Western Reserve University’s share of federal funding for research and development has grown dramatically over the past five years. The university ranked 26th in the nation in 2009 –18 places higher than in 2004.

The university spent $313 million in federal dollars for research in 2009, up from $195.5 million in 2004 (figures for fiscal year 2010 were not available in time for the ranking). The larger grants and awards that fueled the growth have come primarily from the National Institutes of Health to the School of Medicine. 

“The rankings demonstrate Case Western Reserve University’s commitment to world-class research,” said Julie Rehm, PhD, associate dean in the School of Medicine and associate vice president at Case Western Reserve University for strategic initiatives. 

In 2007, the NIH awarded $64 million to Case Western Reserve, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center, to become part of a national consortium designed to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted. The ultimate goal is enable researchers to provide new treatments more efficiently and quickly to patients.

The following year, the School of Medicine was chosen to participate in The National Children's Study, NIH’s comprehensive study on the roles of genes and the environment on children's health. The funding totaled $26 million.

Another major contributor was the creation of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) at the Case School of Engineering. The center, which received a $19 million award from the National Science Foundation in 2006, is focused on multidisciplinary polymer-based technologies.

“Securing federal funds is the gold standard in academia because of the rigorous, competitive, peer reviewed process," Rehm said.

Securing and spending the federal dollars also enables the university to play an important role in creating good jobs and technology that benefits Northeast Ohio, she added. “We take our responsibility seriously and realize that R&D funding is a key economic driver."

Posted by: David Wilson, September 30, 2010 11:31 AM | News Topics:

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