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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES RECORD RESEARCH FUNDING; UW MOVES UP TO SECOND IN CAPTURING FEDERAL RESEARCH DOLLARS

 SEATTLE, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal, private and other research funding to the University of Washington (UW) for fiscal 1993 reached the $430 million mark for the first time in the university's history, the UW announced today. The UW will present the numbers to the Board of Regents on Friday.
 In related news, a recent government report ranked the UW No. 2 on the list of all American colleges and universities that receive federal research funding, moving up one spot. The rankings are based on federal support for the fiscal year 1991, the most recent data compiled by the National Science Foundation. The UW remains the nation's top public- university recipient of federal funds, a spot it has held since 1974.
 The nearly half-billion dollars in outside funding earmarked for research and training makes the UW "an important economic engine for Washington and the Pacific Northwest," said Alvin Kwiram, UW vice provost for research. "The non-state part of the UW budget creates tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the state and region. In addition, UW technologies are increasingly serving the needs of Washington industries and are stimulating new-company formation, especially in biotechnology and engineering."
 Kwiram said the state provides the "basic education infrastructure that makes it possible to have the facilities and faculty to make us competitive for federal and industry grants." He noted that for every dollar the state puts into the university, $3 more is drawn into the university budget from other sources because of the quality of the faculty and its ability to compete for grants.
 "There's a misconception that there isn't as much federal money for research as there used to be," Kwiram said. "That's not entirely true, but there is much more competition for it. In the past 20 years, UW research proposals have grown by 300 percent. Everybody's working harder and harder to win competitive, peer-reviewed grants."
 Why this concern for research?
 "Some people think that research is a disembodied enterprise, that we do research for the sake of doing research," Kwiram said. "That is not correct. The grants are essential for our graduate education program, and by providing support the state is very cleverly leveraging money for a program that it could not afford to support without federal dollars. Research is an integral part of training graduate students, and the national and international prestige of the UW comes in large measure from its graduate programs."
 Kwiram said that the UW's research standing attracts the best and brightest graduate students in the nation, which has a direct effect on quality of undergraduate education. Graduate students teach language sections, grade papers and oversee labs and quiz sections. "They play and invaluable part in supporting the educational mission of the university."
 Many undergraduates also have opportunities to work directly with faculty on research projects. "The best way to learn is by doing," Kwiram said. "Here they can work with outstanding scientists, engineers and professionals to enhance significantly their undergraduate experience." Plus, students have access to the latest knowledge years and decades before it finds its way into a textbook. "The research university is where the textbooks are written."
 The record figure, $430 million for July 1992 through June 1993, was a 4-percent increase over last year's then-record $413.5. The 1993 amount included $347.3 million in competitive federal grants and contracts, a 2.4-percent increase over the previous year's federal funding. The remainder came from industry, foundations and other non-federal sources.
 As in past years, the bulk of the federal money this year was from the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, Department of Education and Department of Energy.
 Following John Hopkins University, the UW and Stanford on the NSF's list of the top 10 recipients of federal research and development dollars were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; universities of California, Los Angeles; Michigan; California, San Diego; Wisconsin, Madison; California, San Francisco; and Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Alvin Kwiram, of the University of Washington, 206-543-6616/


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