The University of California, Davis set a new record for external research funding, receiving $ 968 million in scholarships in fiscal year 2020-2021, up $ 27 million from the previous record . Last year.
The awards enable a wide range of research on topics such as advancing human and animal health, protecting our planet and the food supply, and building a more resilient society.
“This achievement reflects the unwavering commitment of our research community and their passion to address important societal needs – in a year of limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Chancellor Gary S. May. “The societal impact of UC Davis research is large-scale, transcending geographic boundaries and responding to diverse populations and needs.
One of the main contributors to this year’s growth came from increased funding related to public health and medicine. The School of Medicine recognized the largest increase in funding, up $ 92 million from the previous year, for a total of $ 368 million. COVID-19 research funding totaled $ 42 million for the year. Research in this area provides insight into testing, vaccines, treatments and social impacts.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ($ 153 million), School of Veterinary Medicine ($ 83 million), College of Engineering ($ 80 million), and College of Biological Sciences ($ 58 million) complete the first five recipients.
The most important new prize, $ 51 million of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health and Social Services, went to Marc Schenker, distinguished professor of public health sciences, improve public health outcomes for all Californians by ensuring adequate disease surveillance and prevention.
The federal government remains the largest funder with $ 514 million, up $ 37 million from last year. The second main source came from the state of California with $ 164 million, up from $ 32 million. Industry funding was the third highest source, totaling $ 116 million, up $ 31 million.
UC Davis researchers received a total of $ 11.5 million for 18 NSF CAREER Awards, a record for the university. These prestigious scholarships are offered to early career scholars who have the potential to serve as academic models in research and education and to lead their institutions and disciplines in the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of society.
Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
Collaborative research bringing together experts from different fields of study continues to attract significant funding. These joint efforts often focus on solving complex, large-scale challenges that require expertise from many angles.
“We continue to see how multidisciplinary research offers a distinct advantage in solving multifaceted problems,” said Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor of research at UC Davis. “As one of the most academically complete universities in the world, UC Davis provides a unique environment for solving these complex problems by bringing together experts from all of our campuses. “
Notable multidisciplinary awards include:
The Interdisciplinary research and strategic initiatives division within the Research Office provides support and resources to help teams advance their programs.
Notable rewards by college / school
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Matt hengel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, is the Principal Investigator of the IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management project, which received a grant of $ 16 million ($ 3.2 million allocated in fiscal year 2020-2021) from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The goal of the project is to increase pest control options for specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and ornamentals. Researchers perform field and laboratory residue testing to help obtain federal regulatory approvals for pest control techniques.
College of Biological Sciences – Venkatesan Sundaresan, professor and principal investigator, received $ 740,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a project which will focus on specific functions that shape root microbiomes and their impacts on plant performance at the genomic and molecular levels, with the ultimate goal of deploying beneficial microbiota to improve plant growth and yields.
College of Engineering – Karen moxon, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received a grant of $ 22 million grant ($ 10.9 million allocated in FY 2020-21) Department of Defense to develop interventions for spinal cord injury that can be applied within days of injury to improve long-term outcomes. Moxon will lead a consortium of universities, biomedical startups and nonprofits focused on reconciliation with biological and electronic systems.
Continuing and vocational training – James brown, president of professional studies at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, received a $ 7.6 million grant from the State Water Resources Control Board. The grant builds on a 20-year relationship to provide training, such as, but not limited to, open enrollment courses, one-on-one and small-group instruction, and the development of new courses and one-on-one training for meet ever-changing needs..
College of Letters and Sciences – John conway, professor of physics and faculty director of the UC Davis High Performance Computing Core Facility, received $ 7.4 million (4.8 million allocated in FY 2020-21) of the US Department of Energy to support experimental and theoretical research in areas such as the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter and quantum physics.
Graduate School of Management – Damon tull, director of industrial alliances at UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Mike and Renée Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, received $ 100,000 from the National Science Foundation to host a innovation summit to accelerate research and create undergraduate courses in artificial intelligence and quantum information science in Hispanic institutions serving education.
School of Education – Michal kurlaender, professor and department head at the School of Education, received $ 142,000 from the Tipping Point Community to strengthen college readiness through various course paths, addressing racial and economic inequalities.
Law School – Gabriel Chin, Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Legal Education, has received two grants from the State Bar of California totaling $ 203,000 to provide free legal services to needy people, especially client groups that have traditionally lacked significant legal representation.
Nursing school – Sheryl catz, professor at UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, received $ 225,000 from the NIH National Cancer Institute for a project improve the reach and effectiveness of smoking cessation services for ex-combatants living with HIV.
Medicine School – Diana Farmer, teacher and chairman of the department of surgery at UC Davis Health, received $ 9 million from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM. Farmer is the principal investigator of the clinical test, officially known as “The CuRe test”- cell therapy for in utero repair of myelomeningocele, which uses stem cells before birth to treat the more serious form oF spina bifida.
School of Veterinary Medicine – Koen Van Rompay, full research virologist at the California National Primate Research Center, received with his collaborators, Sallie Permar (Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York) and Kristina De Paris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), a grant of 1.7 million dollars from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, for a study entitled “Early vaccination to prevent HIV acquisition in adolescence.” These researchers also received a supplement on this grant which enabled them to carry out a to study testing COVID-19 vaccines in infant macaques.
Note: When funds are allocated in advance to cover multiple years, the money is counted in the first year the prize is received. Gradually funded scholarships are counted as authorized each year. Reports are based on the principal investigator’s school or college.