11th Annual

University of Arizona, Tucson

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NSF 2010 Ranking: 43rd (total R&D expenditures in life sciences) =$275,389,000 [1]

NIH 2011 Ranking: 65th (Direct plus indirect costs but excluding R & D contracts and ARRA awards) = $86,530,105 [2]

With over $500 million in annual endowments, the University of Arizona, Tucson is the state’s leading research university. Programs like the school’s Bio5 collaboration have helped the university gain recognition as one of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions.

The University of Arizona generates $530 million in research and provides the state an annual $2 billion boost. It partners with industry to ensure innovations are quickly and viably introduced into society. [3]

In 2008, the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics was awarded a $44 million, six-year contract to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s National Children’s Study.

University of Arizona researchers are part of a consortium supported by $44 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to bring algae-based biofuels to market. [4]

The University of Arizona Superfund Research Program received $14 million to research the health effects of metal-laden dust and contaminated water and to find methods to counter the contamination. [5]

The University of Arizona is part of a consortium sharing a $9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discover new ways of preventing and fighting citrus greening disease. [6]

The Department of Defense announced last week that it would fund a five-year $7.5 million sleep and memory study by researchers at the University of Arizona, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and Harvard Medical School. It’s one of the largest such studies ever conducted. [7]

The University of Arizona recently received a $6 million grant from Fondation Leducq, a French non-profit health research foundation, for an interdisciplinary, collaborative push to better understand how the heart deals with mechanical stress under healthy conditions and in the case of a defect. [8]

The University of Arizona is to lead research into origins of cultivated rice and possible improved drought resistant varieties, with funding of $9.9 million from the National Science Foundation. [9]

The University of Arizona recently received a $3 million grant from the Yulex Corp. for crop improvement research. [10]

The University of Arizona received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of baking soda to help treat breast cancer. [11]

The Arizona Health Sciences Center campus in Tucson covers 48 acres and employs nearly 5,000 researchers.


[1] The National Science Foundation, 2012, TABLE 23. R&D expenditures in the life sciences at universities and colleges, ranked by all FY 2010 life sciences: FY 2007–10 and by subfield for FY 2010: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf12330/pdf/tab23.pdf
[2] Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, Ranking Table of NIH Funding (by Institution) to US Medical Schools in 2011, http://www.brimr.org/NIH_Awards/2011/NIH_Awards_2011.htm
[3] From UA about us, http://www.arizona.edu/about
[4] From UA News, January 2010, http://uanews.org/node/29470
[5] From UA News, April 7, 2010: http://uanews.org/node/31123
[6] UA News March 4, 2013 http://www.uanews.org/story/ua-shares-9m-contract-to-fight-prevent-citrus-greening-disease
[7] The Press-Enterprise June 17th, 2013 http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130618-ucr-researcher-heads-7.5-million-dod-sleep-study.ece
[8] UA News June 17, 2013 http://www.uanews.org/story/6m-grant-boosts-molecular-heart-research
[9] From Physorg.com, Sept 3, 2010: http://www.physorg.com/news202724097.html
[10] Phoenix Business Journal May 21, 2013 http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/health-care-daily/2013/05/yulex-pays-back-ua-with-3m-grant.html
[11] From UA News - http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/index.php/article/2012/04/baking_soda_research_could_help_treat_cancer

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