UC Irvine researchers received nearly $135 million during the first half of the fiscal year of 2007-2008, which is more than a 25-percent increase over the funding received during the first half of the fiscal year of 2006-2007. The increase in funding largely stems from grants donated by national organizations to either specific projects or individual researchers.
The largest grant came from the National Institute of Health and was donated to expand UCI’s National Children’s Study. The aim of the project is to analyze the different environmental and genetic effects that children experience in the San Diego and San Bernardino counties. Aside from aiding UCI’s funding in 2007 and 2008, the award also has the distinction of being the second-largest grant in campus history, outmatched only by a $40 million grant donated by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2005.
According to Christina Hansen, associate vice chancellor for research, though such awards are geared toward the individual projects, they could have the side effect of benefiting UCI’s growth as whole.
‘The awards are intended to fund the specific project.