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Sponsored research awards and total research expenditures have grown during fiscal year 2019, and after reconciliation of the books to close out this year, the data shows that Auburn University should continue its position as a Carnegie ranked very high research activity institution.

“We saw a 40 percent increase in research awards and predict a 10-12 percent increase in research expenditures over this same time last year,” said Martha Taylor, assistant vice president for research.

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, recently published the 2018 Higher Education Research and Development, or HERD, Survey data. Auburn ended the year moving from 114 to 110 in national rankings out of 646 institutions.

Auburn achieved R1 status last year from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing Auburn among the country’s elite research universities.

Universities report sponsored research and development expenditures to the NSF annually. This data is one element used to determine the Carnegie rankings. Auburn has grown its research efforts in both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and non-STEM areas.

“Auburn University researchers are committed to solving real-world problems through innovation and discovery,” said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development. “The R1 classification that Auburn received and the continued growth of Auburn’s research portfolio reflect that commitment and the dedication of our research faculty, students and staff.”

While almost all of the colleges and schools have seen growth in their research programs, some key increases that have been achieved include:

Engineering has more than doubled its research from $25.3 million in fiscal year 2018 to $56.5 million. The list below is a few of the notable awards received in fiscal year 2019:

• $1,500,000 from the Federal Transit Administration, or FTA, to conduct research and testing on components for no- or low-emission busses for municipalities;

• $1,000,000 from FTA to establish a no- or low-emission bus testing facility.

• $4,285,000 from NASA for rapid analysis and manufacturing propulsion technology;

• $1,467,391 from NSF for preparation of cyber security professionals;

• $1,750,000 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for research to determine the life extending benefit of curves of pavement preservation techniques;

Research in the College of Liberal Arts has increased over $1 million due to a $471,000 grant from the Army to reduce suicide in the military and a $307,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to address age-related speech recognition declines, as well as other notable research awards.

Research awards to the College of Veterinary Medicine increased from $4 million in fiscal 2018 to $6 million in 2019. This is largely due to $1.5 million from several NIH grants, and several grants for canine detection and security research.

The College of Sciences and Mathematics received $2.5 million from the NSF for climate hazard related data informed decision making.

The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture received a $1.1 million award from the American Soybean Association for its work related to aquaculture in Cambodia.