New collaborations and increased philanthropic support helped UTMB realize an increase in research funding from 2015 to 2016. For 2016, UTMB received 264 awards from the National Institutes of Health totaling $97,437,303, including 47 newly competed or re-competed awards. This is a 13 percent increase from 2015, when UTMB received 235 awards for a total of $85,901,018. Total research funding for 2016 was $124,631,214, a nearly 4.5% increase from 2015, when research funding totaled $119,295,167. Total research funding is up more than $15 million from 2013.
Our institution’s response to the recent Zika outbreak is one example of scientific teamwork to improve health. Faculty members from departments including Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience and Cell Biology came together to lead the fight against Zika. In addition, this year, researchers in our Department of Neurology worked with Betsy Clardy, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, and our development colleagues to garner important philanthropic support for innovative research.
Of course, this success would not have been possible without the dedicated effort of our outstanding investigators, staff members and trainees who continue to advance biomedical science and the future of medicine. Our scientific community will continue to seek out ways to increase collaboration and philanthropy, advancing UTMB’s strategic plans to enhance our position as a national leader in biomedical research.