Glasgow's research nets Pounds 1,000 a minute

July 14, 2000

Glasgow University has won a record Pounds 100 million in new research grants and contracts this year, a month before the end of the financial year.

This compares with Pounds 69 million last year, and it is a 100 per cent increase on the Pounds 50 million won in 1997.

Glasgow's principal, Sir Graeme Davies, said: "This means that we have been winning new grants and contracts during the year at the rate of Pounds 1,000 per minute of the working day.

"This reflects the tremendous effort being put into this work by academic staff across the university, supported by their colleagues in the research and enterprise unit."

The total includes more than 1,600 commercial research contracts, awards from research funding bodies and charities, and grants won in competition for developing research infrastructure and new equipment.

"This is income that... will feed into the university over the next few years as the research is carried out and as new research facilities and resources are installed," Sir Graeme said.

A leading earner is the Robertson centre for biostatistics, which, along with medical departments, has won major contracts in support of drugs trials, the largest of which is Pounds 6.9 million.

The department of electronics and engineering is another big earner with its work in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, with grants including Pounds 2 million for nanofabrication, the construction of extremely small devices.

On the arts side, where large research grants are unusual, Glasgow won almost Pounds 1 million for five projects from the new Arts and Humanities Research Board.

It also won Pounds 1.5 million of the Pounds 6 million available nationally to develop the "new biology".

Glasgow is waiting for funding decisions on a further 1,400 proposals, whose estimated value is Pounds 148 million.

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