Inside Indiana Business
NOTRE DAME – The University of Notre Dame has received a record-breaking $222.7 million in research award funding for 2021.
Notre Dame says this is more than $42 million more than the previous record and the first time the university has surpassed the $200 million mark.
“In the face of a most difficult year, Notre Dame’s faculty and staff continued to actively pursue scholarship opportunities that reflect our mission to be a force for good in the world, both in the creation and application of knowledge,” said Robert Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. “One indicator of the increasing competitiveness of our programs is indicated by the growth of research funding awards received by the University. We also believe that the breadth and depth of this year’s portfolio of funded programs indicate that the type of programs funded this year will be sustainable into the future.”
Among some of the largest new awards to the University include a nearly $8 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to the Pulte Institute for Global Development in the Keough School of Global Affairs to conduct research that strengthens education systems in low- and middle-income countries as well as a $6 million grant from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership to the Office of the Provost for the AnalytiXIN University Talent Recruitment program, which is expected to drive growth in AI and analytics in Indiana.
The university says faculty and staff from the other colleges and schools, as well as centers, institutes and core facilities, contributed to the total. STEM researchers at Notre Dame experienced some of the strongest growth, with the College of Engineering growing by $22 million and the College of Science by $16 million in the last year.