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$134 Million in Research Grants and Contracts for SDSU

Both the number of grants and total dollars awarded increased from last fiscal year.
By Michael Price
 

In line with San Diego State University’s goal of becoming a top-50 public research university, faculty members won significant funding for their research endeavors in 2016-17. SDSU secured $134.3 million in research funding for the fiscal year, up from $130 million in 2015-16.

Faculty and staff won 783 awards last year—an 11 percent increase over the previous year—providing funding for faculty and student research, department projects and other university initiatives.

"By almost every metric we can look at, the efforts and success of our faculty are obvious,” said Stephen Welter, SDSU’s vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs. “Over the past five years, we have had more faculty submitting more grants, resulting in $134 million in total grants awarded. Not only is the personal drive of our faculty demonstrated by these efforts, but their success also reflects the respect of their peers, who serve on the review panels recommending their proposals for awards.”

Among the highest-funded researchers for the previous fiscal year are:
  • Professor of Social Work Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow for her work with regional social services departments
  • Epidemiologist Melbourne Hovell for his work exploring the impact of smoking and air pollutants in low-income housing
  • Biologist Mark Sussman for his research into regenerating heart stem cells
  • Professor of European Studies Mary Ann-Lyman-Hager for her work with the Language Acquisition Resource Center
  • Director of SDSU’s Interwork Institute Caren Sax for a variety of programs addressing barriers to employment and increasing self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities
Major funders included governmental organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Health Services and the Department of Defense.