Associate provost for research offers perspective on FY2017 extramural funding

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in FY2017 supported establishment of an interdisciplinary and experiential Institute for Food at Miami University. The Institute operates an organic farm.

Miami University’s global reputation for excellence owes a lot to the passion of its students, faculty, and staff. Their enthusiasm and dedication are the foundation of scientific discoveries, creative innovations, and entrepreneurial accomplishments. Extramural funding provides the resources to help them build to greater heights.

Bar graph showing amounts and percentages of extramural funding brought in by each division, as follows. Arts & Science: $7.0M, 39%. Research & Graduate School: $7.0M, 17%. Other Offices: $2.2M, 12%. Education, Health, & Society: $1.7M, 10%. Engineering & Computing: $1.2M, 7%. Hamilton Campus: $0.9M, 5%. Creative Arts: $0.9M, 5%. Middletown Campus: $0.6M, 3%. Farmer School of Business: $0.3M, 2%.
FY2017 extramural funding by division. Total extramural funding was $17.8 million.

In FY2017, Miami University secured $17.8 million in funding from federal and state government agencies, private foundations, business and industry, and other sponsors to support research, creative, education, and service projects at Miami University. Highlights of the work enabled by these funds include the following:

  • Rick Page, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recognized as one of the nation’s top young faculty in his field by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the award of a prestigious CAREER grant. Page will receive more than $920,000 over five years for his research on the biological regulation of quality control in proteins. Read more here.
  • Carrie Tyler, an assistant professor of geology and environmental earth science, and a collaborator received $343,000 from NSF to study the role predators may have played in the evolution of echinoids, a class of animals that includes sea urchins, sand dollars, and sea biscuits. Their work may lead to better understanding of modern ecosystems. Read more here.
  • A senior research scholar in the Scripps Gerontology Center, Phyllis Cummins leads a team that is working to learn what contributes to college success for students between the ages of 40 and 64. Their work is supported by a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Read more here.
  • Psychology graduate student Lauren Forrest was awarded $2,000 by the Military Suicide Research Consortium to complete an interoception study, under the supervision of assistant professor April Smith. The study will look at whether people who are relatively “tuned out” to pain or to sensations associated with fear might be at greater risk for suicide and self-injury. Read more here.
  • A team led by Nazan Bautista, associate professor of teacher education, and Tammy Schwartz, director of the Urban Teaching Cohort, has been awarded over $1 million by the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Miami’s Noyce program incentivizes STEM undergraduates and STEM professionals to pursue teacher certification.
  • The Myaamia Center was awarded more than $180,000 by NSF for the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages project. Breath of Life trains researchers from indigenous communities in methods of archives-based linguistic and ethnographic research, which is critical to knowledge about and revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures. Read more here.
  • A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supported establishment of an interdisciplinary and experiential Institute for Food at Miami University. The Institute, which operates an organic farm, supports a resilient food system in Southwest Ohio. The project is led by Tom Crist, professor of biology, and Peggy Shaffer, professor of history and global and intercultural studies.

While the federal government remained our largest source of funding, Miami, like many other universities across the country, saw a decline in federal support during FY2017. To replace those funds, we have worked diligently to build relationships with other sponsors, notably business and industry, whose support increased 26% in this fiscal year compared to last. The State of Ohio also remained a significant sponsor, with $3.7 million in support during FY2017.

Infographic showing that extramural funding from business and industry increased by 26% from FY2016 to FY2017.
Losses in federal funds were partially offset by an increase in funding from business and industry.

We are proud to help Miami’s researchers, scholars, and creative artists find and secure the funding that enables them to apply their passion to answer questions, solve important problems, provoke thought, and train the next generation of our nation’s innovators. We remain committed to that mission now and into the future.

Written by Jim Oris, Associate Provost of Research and Scholarship, Miami University.

Windows photo by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services. Farm photo by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.

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