UNT has experienced important momentum in the past year on its journey to grow as a major public research university. We've focused more than ever on attracting funding for the university and our faculty, and the results are paying off — our research funding is on the rise.
In 2010-11, research awards totaled $36.4 million and federally reported research expenditures totaled more than $40 million. These are increases of 11 percent and 28 percent, respectively, from the previous year and were achieved despite cuts in federal appropriations. We've had success in raising more private dollars for research, something we will continue to focus on in our efforts to attract more external dollars.
Much of our success stems from our increased focus on promoting research and scholarship among our faculty. Our cluster initiative brings together faculty and student researchers from different disciplines to engage in seminal research to solve some of the world's most pressing problems.
Since launching the initiative in fall 2008, we've developed 15 collaborative clusters, including four new clusters last spring. To date, more than a dozen new faculty members have joined UNT's clusters as leading researchers in their fields. We're also working hard to promote student research at all levels — particularly for doctoral students — with more scholarships and conference sponsorships.
And we are nearing completion on our Nanofabrication Analysis and Research Facility, which will be one of the most advanced materials synthesis and analysis laboratories at any university. Combining a new cleanroom (class 10,000 and class 100) with the state-of-the-art resources of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, the facility is one of many we have built or enhanced to ensure UNT is at the forefront in fields such as nanotechnology, plant sciences and more. We also are building innovative partnerships for research collaborations with institutions around the world, particularly in India and China.
Together, these advances are making UNT a stronger research institution and pushing us farther along the path to reaching the top tier.
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