USHE institutions brought $827 million to Utah in research and grant funding for 2017-18

USHE institutions brought $827 million to the state in research and other grant funds during the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of 18% over the previous year. Institutional grants and contracts provide significant benefits to campuses and society as a whole through gains from research, innovative teaching practices, and economic development. Nearly $564 million of the total dollar amount was in research grants.

The total number of grants, compared with the prior year, increased by 316 or 6.9%, and the total dollar amount increased by $126,404,806 or 18%. The University of Utah leads the system on both the number of awards and dollars received.

Institution# of grants$ amount
University of Utah2,905$514,670,116
Utah State University1,592$263,331,073
Weber State University133$16,751,327
Southern Utah University125$11,169,447
Snow College27$1,459,656
Dixie State University36$2,093,423
Utah Valley University63$12,905,042
Salt Lake Community College38$5,606,392
Total USHE4,919$827,986,476


Regent Policy R532, Acceptance and Approval of Contracts and Grants, requires USHE institutions submit an annual report summarizing the number and dollar amounts of contract and grant awards received during the previous fiscal year. The Board recognizes that securing research contracts and training grants provide significant benefits to the higher education community, the State of Utah, and society as a whole, by not only supporting critical advances in research but also through job creation. To ensure that the Board is informed about the contracts and grants that institutions are engaged in, the Board has requested that an annual report be provided for each fiscal year that summarizes both the number of and dollar amount of awards received.

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