Facts and Figures

The Office of Educational Research (OER) has helped College of Education (COE) faculty build an impressive track record for winning large, competitive grants.

The OER completed its annual report outlining data on externally funded projects and grant activities in the COE. Faculty productivity and efforts toward securing external funding remain high and have surpassed fiscal year (FY) 2014 data in multiple areas.
The following represents a summary of external funding activities for FY 2015:

COE faculty members in all schools and centers submitted 89 proposals, requesting over $79 million in external funding. This represents a 27.9% increase in the total dollar amount of proposals as compared to the prior fiscal year. Proposals were submitted to 43 agencies.

Research funding per faculty member totaled over $513,290, which is 14.7% higher than the previous fiscal year. Of the 189 COE faculty members eligible to submit proposals, 59 (31.2%) received external funding as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI, and 53 (28.0%) submitted a proposal.

The total dollar amount of collaborative newly funded awards increased over nine times from the prior fiscal year, representing over $10 million in newly funded collaborations with PIs or Co-PIs outside COE.

COE PIs and Co-PIs received funding for 54 new awards totaling over $28.8 million. These new awards included three contracts from the US DOE – IES, two contracts from the US DOE (Office of Special Education Programs), three contracts from the NSF, and one contract from the US VA. Of the total dollar amount of newly funded awards, 63% was funded by federal agencies or organizations. The COE experienced an 81.1% increase in the total dollar amount of newly funded awards, nearly doubling its newly funded award total dollar amount for the second year in a row as compared to the previous fiscal year.

COE schools and centers have 106 currently funded projects totaling over $97 million. Of the total dollar amount of currently funded projects, 71% was funded by federal agencies or organizations. The COE experienced a 12.3% increase in the total dollar amount of currently funded projects as compared to the previous fiscal year.