By MITCH LIES

Capital Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University researchers attracted more than $252 million in external funding in the 2008-09 fiscal year, more than $21 million more than the university's previous record.

"The success of our faculty and student researchers in the midst of what was a challenging budget year otherwise is both breathtaking and inspiring," OSU President Ed Ray said in a prepared statement.

The $252.16 million in external funding was nearly $100 million more than researchers attracted as recently as six years ago.

The funding includes awards from federal grants and private organization and technology transfers.

Six federal agencies provided $10 million or more to OSU researchers last year. Top federal providers was the National Science Foundation, which provided researchers nearly $39 million.

OSU officials noted none of the funds came from federal stimulus money.

Those funds, for the most part, weren't available until after the June 30 close of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

More than $12 million in Recovery Act grants already have been received by the university for 2009-10, officials said.

Mitch Lies is based in Salem, Ore. E-mail: mlies@capitalpress.com.

 

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