Chemistry research at Rutgers #1 in the nation for federal funding

Photo: Roger Jones, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Rutgers tops the list of U.S. universities when it comes to federal funding for research in chemistry, according to a story in a leading trade publication. The data, featured in current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, show that federal funding for chemistry research grew for most institutions in 2010, the most recent year tallied, and Rutgers was among the growth leaders with a 13.3% gain. The National Science Foundation compiled the data.

Rutgers faculty members received $29.1 million in federal funding for chemistry research in 2010. The California Institute of Technology was second ($27 million), followed by MIT; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Funding from all sources for chemistry research at Rutgers in 2010 was nearly $34.2 million, second only to Cal Tech ($35.6 million).

“A particular strength of chemistry research at Rutgers in New Brunswick is the interface of chemistry with the life sciences,” said Kenneth J. Breslauer, Vice President for Health Sciences and Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. “That recognition led some time ago to the expansion of the departmental name to Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as well as the inclusion and affiliation of the chemical biology faculty within the Division of Life Sciences. This chemistry and life sciences programmatic interface created enhanced funding opportunities for the departmental faculty, a feature that has substantially contributed to the exceptionally high ranking of the department in terms of federal funding.”
“Chemistry research at Rutgers has been in the top 10 for federal funding for more than a decade, but there’s something special about being number one,” said Roger Jones, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. “Our research contributes to the foundations of drug development and alternate energy sources, and it benefits the economy of New Jersey and the country.”
Rutgers’ Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development promotes excellence in research at Rutgers and provides oversight for the education of the next generation of researchers. Research is fundamental to the university’s overall mission and it enhances Rutgers’ education and service missions. Rutgers increasingly is engaged in commercialization of research through the transfer of new technologies to industry, which contributes to economic development in New Jersey and nationally. From the discovery of streptomycin — the first cure for tuberculosis — to the technology behind, Rutgers continues to make a tremendous impact in the commercial world.
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