Notre Dame receives record-breaking research award funds

NOW: Notre Dame receives record-breaking research award funds

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Researchers at the University of Notre Dame received $244 million in annual research award funding in the 2022 fiscal year.

This amount shatters the previous record of $222.7 million set in the 2021 fiscal year, and includes an array of nearly 800 separate awards from various industry sources.

The biggest research award of the fiscal year came from Lily Endowment Inc., who's $35 million grant is set to help the university expand its regional focus to challenges of human and environmental health.

Vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, Robert J. Bernhard, credits the universities' researchers who turn the funds into progress.

"Our researchers translate these dollars and cents into deeper understandings of ourselves and others and into new discoveries — in global development, nanoelectronics, wireless technology and hypersonics research, to name a few — that are improving lives around the globe,” said Bernhard.

The largest source of these research awards was federal funding, which contributed 44.2% of the total awards.

41.9% of funds came from foundations and non-federal sponsors, while various industries provided the remaining 13.9%.

On top of the record-breaking amount of funds, Notre Dame also expanded its global outreach to gather awards benefiting research in 61 different countries.

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