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September 7, 2001

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UW System Institutions Receive Record Amount
of Gifts, Grants, Contracts During 2000-01

MADISON -- The University of Wisconsin System institutions received $867.4 million in gifts, grants and contracts during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. That was a $99.3 million increase (+29.3%) over 1999-00, according to a report presented yesterday to the Business and Finance Committee of the UW System Board of Regents.

Of last year's total, $540 million (62.3%) came from federal government sources and $327.4 million (37.7%) from nonfederal sources. Among the institutions, UW-Madison generated the largest amount of external income: $693.5 million, or 80% of the total. UW-Milwaukee generated $43.6 million, while UW-Extension generated $32 million.

Federal awards were $68.5 million higher than the previous year, while non-federal gifts, grants and contracts grew by $30.9 million. Federal awards for research increased by $57.7 million over the prior year, with UW-Madison accounting for $55 million of that increase.

Deb Durcan, UW System vice president for finance, described last year as "extremely successful" for the institutions, while noting that most of the increase came at one campus: UW-Madison. "It's a reminder," said Durcan, "of the economic impact a successful, nationally ranked research university can have, especially in its ability to attract federal grants to a state that would otherwise receive relatively few federal dollars."

The Business and Finance Committee plans to discuss trends in gifts, grants and contracts income at the October 4-5 Board meeting at UW-Eau Claire.