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UAH hits record $169.5M in R&D funding

The University of Alabama in Huntsville notched a record $169.5 million in research and development expenditures for Fiscal Year 2022, a 13% increase over FY21, the university announced.

This announcement accompanies the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey findings which cover FY21. This marks the 10th year in a row UAH has had five or more research programs ranked in the top 25 nationally for federal research funding, UAH said in a news release.

“Our research enterprises are among the best in the United States and point to the
efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff, students and research centers,” said Dr. Robert
Lindquist, UAH vice president for research and economic development.

UAH is an R1 research university, a ranking indicating “Very high research activity”
status among doctoral-granting institutions rated by the Carnegie Classification of
Institutes of Higher Education.

The university’s five-year research and development expenditures total $754 million since FY18. In addition, the university currently ranks 11th in NASA research expenditures and 17th in FY21 Department of Defense research expenditures, as well.

UAH has five top-20 research programs highlighted in the FY21 survey:

  • No. 6 in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering
  • No. 9 in computer and information sciences
  • No. 10 in atmospheric science and meteorology
  • No. 12 in astronomy and astrophysics
  • No. 18 in industrial and manufacturing engineering

“With the vital support and collaboration from our partners in government and industry,
UAH is making a global impact for the betterment of Alabama and the nation,” Lindquist said.

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