Research activities at the University of South Carolina Aiken received a significant increase in funding in 2011, which made up a slice of the record-high funding level reached by USC overall.
Research funding grew to a $226.9 million in fiscal year 2011. While USC research money saw a nearly 4 percent increase, USC Aiken’s allotment grew by 38 percent, from $1.46 million to $2.01 million.
Sources contributing to federal agencies’ $141.9 million of the total $226.9 million include the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy.
State and local entities accounted for $24.4 million, while $60.6 million of the total stemmed from private/other contributors, according to the USC media relations office.
In all but one year since 1983 USC has increased annual research funding. It is among 63 public universities designated as having “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In the past, USC has used research dollars to study genetic heart disease that is a leading cause of sudden death in athletes and young people, new methods of improving patients’ responses to implanted materials, medical devices and stem cells, and ways to reduce the rising prevalence of allergic diseases, among the projects.
“Competition for research funding becomes fiercer every year as budgets are cut and proposals are more competitive, so our faculty’s achievements are particularly gratifying,” said USC President Harris Pastides in a statement.
USC Aiken has an enrollment of about 3,200.