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Research advances as faculty secure millions

Nearly $210 million in grants from federal and state agencies and private organizations has been received by the University during the past decade. That’s an increase of nearly $10 million in external grants every decade since the 1980s, with annual funding now averaging in excess of $20 million.

Faculty and staff secure the competitive funding for external dollars by writing grants. The dollars support research, teaching, and service initiatives.

Illinois State’s Million Dollar Club recognizes those who have brought in at least $1 million dollars in grants for research and other projects. Seventy faculty members have been honored with club status since 2009. Membership will surpass the 100 mark with a spring 2012 induction.

The high quality of research being done and the University’s strong support for research across the broad spectrum of scholarship and creative activities has resulted in more funding from top-tier agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.