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UNC-Chapel Hill Rises to 9th in Federal R&D Expenditures

UNC-Chapel Hill rose to ninth from 16th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding devoted to research and development during FY 2010, based on the most recent data available from the National Science Foundation. The NSF data shows that UNC spent nearly $546 million on federal research funding for faculty projects.

"Cracking the top 10 for federal R&D spending shows powerful, positive momentum," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "We've gained 10 spots in the national top 25 list since 2008. That's a great tribute to the creativity and productivity of our faculty, who have been remarkably successful in attracting research funding despite the economic downturn."

Vice Chancellor for Research Barbara Entwisle agrees that the increased ranking is due to Carolina's distinguished faculty, and will likely lead to increased funding opportunities for undergraduate research.

"We have outstanding faculty," said Entwisle. "It's faculty who write the grants, and without them--we are nowhere."

UNC faculty are part of an internationally recognized multidisciplinary research enterprise that draws from five health sciences schools (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health), UNC Health Care and its teaching hospitals, as well as basic and social science units in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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