BC Researchers Garnered $30.78M in External Funding Last Year

BC Researchers Garnered $30.78M in External Funding Last Year

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College researchers landed more than $30 million in outside grants in the 1999 fiscal year, setting a new mark for sponsored research funding at the University.

The $30.78 million researchers received from government and private foundations from June 1998 to May 1999 eclipsed the previous record of $23.47 million established the previous year.

Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Research Michael Smyer welcomed the news that BC had topped the $30 million plateau in sponsored research.

"Achieving a certain amount is not a goal in itself, but is a byproduct of having an intellectually engaged faculty," said Smyer, who noted that the annual grant dollars for faculty and graduate student projects at BC have more than doubled over the past six years.

Stephen Erickson, director of the Office of Research Administration - which helps faculty locate and land external funding - credited the faculty for the 1999 success.

"It's great," Erickson. "It really is a mark of the activity of the faculty and the success they've had in putting good proposals together."

Roughly a third of the FY99 grant dollars - some $10.9 million - went to the Lynch School of Education, where the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy and its Third International Mathematics and Science Study received substantial funding.

Other leading grant recipients were the Chemistry Department, with approximately $4 million; the Institute for Scientific Research, $3.4 million; the new Center for Retirement Research, $2.5 million; the Biology Department, $2 million, and the Physics Department, $1.2 million.

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