University Passes $100 Million Research Milestone

Posted: August 24, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 24, 2009 at 7:57 am

By James Greif

Image courtesy of George Mason University Office of Sponsored Programs

Image courtesy of George Mason University Office of Sponsored Programs

George Mason University has surpassed $100 million in sponsored research expenditures for fiscal year 2009, marking a 25 percent growth compared to 2008 and a 45 percent increase compared to 2007.

Roger Stough, vice president for research and economic development, attributes Mason’s success to the collaborative culture among researchers from different units and commitment from the university’s leadership to provide the tools needed to secure sponsored research funding.

“Research is a top priority at Mason, and this is a great mark to measure our performance in the years to come,” says Stough. “A number of our senior researchers are preparing larger-scale research proposals, and this will allow the university to build on our previous success and continue to raise our profile as a nationally ranked research university.”

Stough also notes that as Mason’s facilities, enrollment and reputation grow, the university is becoming better known among funding sources.

Mason’s strategic plan calls for the university to invest even more heavily in research infrastructure to support moving the university from a “high research activity” designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to a “very high research activity” designation. To meet this goal, the university has made a commitment to attract faculty members of national and international reputation as well as support scholarly inquiry and productivity in the basic sciences and the applied sciences.

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