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SDSU Research Funding Up 12 Percent

Faculty, staff researchers received nearly 700 awards in 2014-2015.
By SDSU News Team

External funding awarded to San Diego State University researchers rose 12 percent in 2014-2015 to $120.6 million, from $107.9 million in the previous fiscal year.

The researchers received nearly 700 awards from 287 national, state, local and private sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), NASA, the California Department of Education and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.

“At a time when agencies are cutting back or at best maintaining funding at previous levels, SDSU faculty and staff have successfully competed with their colleagues at America’s finest institutions by conducting excellent research and being resourceful, strategic and persistent,” said Stephen Welter, vice president for research and dean of graduate affairs.

"All these awards enhance our students’ academic experience by providing research opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.”

Among the largest awards SDSU received last year are:

  • $3.5 million from NIH to Ralph-Axel Müller for research on autism in older adults
  • $3.5 million from Patient Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI) to John Elder for the Imperial County Asthma Project
  • $3.4 million from NIH to Mark Sussman and Christopher Glembotski for research to restore myocardial healing
  • $1.9 million from the Institute of International Education to Mary Ann Lyman-Hager for the Language Resource Acquisition Center
  • $1.7 million from the California Department of Rehabilitation to Caren Sax to help disabled children receiving Supplemental Security Income prepare for employment and education
  • $1.2 million from NSF to faculty in the Center for Research in Science and Math Education (CRMSE) to support the SDSU Noyce scholars and interns program
  • $1 million from NSF to faculty in the interdisciplinary Center for Human Dynamics and the Mobile Age to model human dynamics across social networks
  • $580,000 from NSF to Karen Emmorey and Phillip Holcomb, collaborators in the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience to assess the neural dynamics of reading in deaf adults

In addition, mechanical engineering researcher Ilenia Battiato received a competitive award through the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, SDSU also funded three new areas of excellence to support the interdisciplinary work of SDSU faculty and recruit new researchers for these critical areas:

  • Blue Gold: Mitigating the Effects of Water Scarcity
  • Digital Humanities and Global Diversity
  • Smart Health Institute: Wearable Biomedical Sensors for Precision Medicine

To further support research, SDSU has announced the construction of an Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science Complex, where researchers will develop collaborative projects to turn discoveries into real-world applications. The complex is scheduled to open in 2018.