Boulder — For the sixth time in as many years, University of Colorado researchers have attracted more than $1 billion in sponsored funds and gifts.
For 2021-2022, researchers brought in $1.46 billion, up 1% from the previous year.
“CU faculty researchers are exceptional in the many ways they engage in research, scholarship and creative work,” CU President Todd Saliman said in a prepared statement. “Your work improves lives, saves lives and addresses some of society’s most pressing issues. They fuel discovery and innovation that benefits Colorado and the world.”
The university reported Thursday that federally funded research contributed a total of $863.8 million, followed by non-federal government contributions of $484.5 million and donations to the CU Foundation of $116.3 million.
“Sponsored research grants from federal, state, international and foundation institutions target laboratories and specific projects to advance research in this area,” CU said. Research funding also helps fund research-related capital improvements, scientific equipment, travel and research, and support staff salaries and student support. CU cannot convert this funding into non-research related spending”
Of the four CU campuses, the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical campus was responsible for $777.8 million in research funding, followed by the Boulder campus with nearly $658 million. CU’s Denver and Colorado Springs campuses combined brought in less than $30 million.
At CU Boulder, research projects over the past year included the study of hypersonic flight.
“During hypersonic flight, the temperature of the air and other gases around a vehicle can reach thousands of degrees, triggering chemical reactions. The research, inspired by a $7.5 million defense fellowship at CU Boulder, can be used to create molecular beams, shock and radiation in this environment. Investigates the collapse and collision of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon molecules using advanced computer modeling and experimental testing using tubes and hypersonic wind tunnels. This was announced by the university. “Hypersonics is a globally active area of research for national defense purposes.”
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