Research funding at Louisiana shows rapid growth.

Dr. Robert Stewart, Vice President of Research at Louisiana, announced today that University Research funding topped $50M for the 2007-2008 session.

"It's not only funding," noted Dr. Stewart. "The quality of both the work and the University's proposals are so high. We are very pleased with that.

"Even though this will be a tough year, we have high expectations that this trend will continue for our faculty and research centers."

Ruth Landry, Interim Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs reported, "We have had a steady increase every year, but this year we reached $50,262,667. Last year it was approximately $46M. That's a little more than 9% growth in one year.

"The growth is across campus, in all disciplines, and from a variety of UL centers. Our biggest producers are Sciences and Engineering, of course. They typically are.

"But some of the Centers, such as LITE, NIRC, and the Picard Center for Child Development have also pulled in substantial research funding."