Missouri State University got a lot of work done with grant money. During Fiscal Year 2014 (which ended June 30), faculty and staff received $21,948,927 from a total of 289 grants. This represents an increase of 9 percent from FY13, according to the office of research administration.

“Faculty and staff should be commended for their efforts to obtain external funding to support university research, education and service projects. Developing proposals takes immense time and effort, with no guarantee of funding,” noted Dr. Erin Parrish, director of research administration. “However, our university researchers continue to develop successful proposals and utilize various funding sources, from federal agencies to private businesses, to sustain current projects and develop new ones.”

Federal agencies continued to provide the greatest amount of funding for FY14, with an approximate total of $8.6 million, while state agencies supplied $4.9 million. Although funds from business organizations and international agencies had been faltering in recent years due to the economic downturn, this year the university received approximately $3.3 million from businesses (a 39 percent increase from FY13) and $169,561 from international sources (a 100 percent increase from FY13). The greatest percentage increase in funding came through county and city agencies – a 257 percent increase – to total $332,704.

“Receiving almost 22 million in awarded funding is a great accomplishment in any fiscal year, but especially in such a competitive environment for funding,” noted Parrish. She added that the university set a goal of $20 million, and last year’s grant money was the second highest amount ever at MSU.