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MSU awarded $18.7M in grants in fiscal 2011

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Missouri State University received $18.7 million - including $3.7 million from corporations - in grant funding during fiscal 2011, according to an Aug. 1 news release citing the university's office of sponsored research and programs.

During the year ended June 30, the school received 153 grants. Funding sources included:
  • federal agencies, $10.2 million;
  • businesses, $3.7 million;
  • state agencies, $2.5 million;
  • nonprofit organizations, $2 million;
  • county and city agencies, $157,277; and
  • international agencies, $19,000.
“This year and the previous were very difficult years in terms of garnering external funding for the university,” said Marina Zordell-Reed, sponsored research and programs coordinator, in the release. “The faculty and staff of Missouri State University should be commended on their funding efforts during this time of economic downturn.

"For the second consecutive year, they were able to increase funding from nonprofit agencies and business entities, compensating for the decrease in state and federal funds.”

Included among the grant recipients were:
  • Anson Elliott, head of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, who was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to purchase educational technology equipment for the school;
  • Tammy Wiley, general manager of KSMU and Ozarks Public Television, and Rachel Ferguson, assistant to the general manager, who received a $695,959 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to assist the TV station with its annual operating costs;
  • Wenping Qiu, research professor for the Center of Grapevine Biotechnology, who received a $199,834 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the University of Missouri to study wild grapevines;
  • Neil DiSarno, department head of communication sciences and disorders, and Kris Grbac-Schomaker, audiologist, who received a $122,358 grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for a newborn hearing project; and
  • Mike Reed, associate professor of physics, astronomy and materials science, who received a $113,617 grant from the National Science Foundation for a star observation project.

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