UTSA reports $48.6 million in research spending for fiscal year 2010

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(Jan. 12, 2011)--The University of Texas at San Antonio released today its newest research statistics reporting a 4.6 percent increase to $48,651,962 in total research spending for the Sept. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010, fiscal year (FY 2010) over the previous fiscal year, when research spending totaled $46,521,487. The statistic is up 50.5 percent from just five years ago, when UTSA's total research expenditures were $32,316,849.

Additionally, for FY 2010, UTSA reported $70,150,966 in total research and non-research spending, described as "total sponsored programs expenditures." The figure represents a 4-percent increase over the last fiscal year and a 40.9 percent increase over the last five fiscal years when the numbers were $67,427,457 and $49,779,327, respectively. (See chart below.)

"Research is vital to UTSA's growth and has a tremendous impact on the quality of education we provide our students," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "UTSA's faculty are among the nation's top researchers in health, security, energy, sustainability and human development. By pairing our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, with these brilliant scholars, UTSA already offers a Tier One education. As we strengthen UTSA's research efforts, we also are improving lives in San Antonio and the economic outlook of our region."

Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research, credits UTSA FY 10 research growth to a number of factors.

"San Antonio is an extremely unique place in the nation for research collaboration," said Gracy. "Right in our own backyard, we have research partners at the UT Health Science Center, Southwest Research Institute, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, South Texas Technology Management, the military and numerous corporations. We also have booming biomedical and cyber security industries."

UTSA's jump in FY 2010 research expenditures was supported by two revenue sources. In FY 2010, UTSA researchers spent $3,883,011 in competitive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), better known as federal stimulus funding. UTSA and UT Health Science Center collaborators received $3,762,032 in funding from the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI).

The UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development were responsible for the bulk of UTSA FY 2010 total sponsored programs expenditures. The College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development spent $29,936,532, $8,192,317 and $2,255,789 on total sponsored programs, respectively.

FY 2010 included additional research milestones for UTSA:

  • In January 2010, UTSA acquired Helenita, the world's most powerful electron microscope. The instrument raised global awareness of UTSA and is attracting physics researchers from around the world.
  • In March, UTSA opened the New Venture Incubator, stepping up its push to develop and commercialize the intellectual property of UTSA faculty and students.
  • In June, San Antonio-based CPS Energy announced a 10-year, $50 million research initiative with the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute to position San Antonio as a national leader in green technology research.
  • In October, UTSA received AAALAC International accreditation, elevating its animal research program to the likes of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at the UTSA Research website or call 210-458-4341.

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UTSA research expenditures
FY 2006
FY 2007
FY 2008
FY 2009
FY 2010
1-yr. change (%)
5-yr. change (%)
Total research expenditures
$32,316,849
$32,320,710
$34,601,444
$46,521,487
$48,651,962
4.6
50.5
Non-research expenditures
$17,462,478
$15,875,328
$17,268,129
$20,905,970
$21,499,004
2.8
23.1
Total expenditures
$49,779,327
$48,196,039
$51,869,574
$67,427,457
$70,150,966
4.0
40.9