Research awards to UNT increased by more than 40 percent from September to December 2007 compared to the same four month period in 2006. Applications for grants increased by 34 percent (in dollar values) during the same time period.
The increase supports UNT's strategic goal to advance its research and achieve its mission as a student-centered public research university, says Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development.
Data compiled by the Office of Research Services shows that awards went from $8.5 million in 2006 (fiscal year 2007) to $12 million during the same months in fiscal year 2008. The dollar value of proposals increased from $23.4 million to $31.5 million.
"The College of Education deserves special congratulations for surpassing their total awards of FY07 ($3 million) within the four months of this year ($6.3 million)," says Prasad, who joined UNT in October to oversee efforts to solicit and secure funding for research.
President Gretchen M. Bataille and Prasad launched initiatives for joint projects between UNT and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
The Center for Research Technology, or CART, has been re-organized and its director, J.D. Luttmer, now reports to Prasad. CART also has opened its door for free access by UNT and UNT Health Science Center researchers to conduct their research in the areas of nano- and micro- technologies. CART is promoting collaborative and multi-disciplinary research in these areas.
Prasad continues to seek involvement from North Texas area businesses and entities to help develop Discovery Park, UNT's 285-acre research park, which was renamed to better reflect the university's goals of developing a true entrepreneurial center.
Bataille recently appointed Prasad as vice president for research and economic development, a new title which reflects the growing importance of the link between the two areas.
Prasad says that research and innovation is a campus-wide activity that crosses departments and divisions, and spills into the community. He envisions a collaborative research function that allows multiple disciplines to contribute to the university's activities and reputation, and enjoys support from the Denton-Dallas-Fort Worth business community.