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New Mexico State University sees growth in grants and contracts

Spending on research and other grants and contracts at New Mexico State University increased by 7.9 percent in the 2005-06 fiscal year, with expenditures totaling $154.66 million, according to Vimal Chaitanya, vice president for research, graduate studies and international programs.

the spending - $109.29 million - was for research projects sponsored by externally funded grants and contracts. Public service projects accounted for $28.55 million. The remainder was for instruction, academic support and student services funded through grants and contracts.

With the exception of a dip in fiscal year 2003-04, expenditures on grants and contracts have increased every year for the past 10 years, Chaitanya told the NMSU Board of Regents at its meeting Friday.

Chaitanya said the university's research goals include:

Strengthening collaborations with the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech on statewide initiatives.
Improving partnerships and collaborations with Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, White Sands Missile Range, the Air Force Research Laboratory and others.
Promoting and rewarding cross-disciplinary collaborations among NMSU's colleges and units.
Creating research institutes for campuswide research thrusts.

He also highlighted the role of the Graduate School and the Office of International and Border Programs in the university's research enterprises. More than 335 graduate students served as research assistants during the past year, he said. The International Programs office received a total of $1.2 million in external grants and contracts, including $719,273 from the National Science Foundation and $297,406 from the U.S. Agency for International Development for New Mexico-Chihuahua partnerships.

The number of students involved in study abroad activities more than doubled from 2002-03 to 2005-06, he said.

Sept. 8, 2006
Karl Hill