UH Extramural Funding gets a record high


August 22, 2021, 1:16 p.m. HST
* Updated August 22, 11:39 a.m.

The University of Hawaii raised more than $ 400 million in extramural funding for the third year in a row, with a record $ 485.5 million at the end of fiscal year 2021 (FY2021). This year’s number represents an increase of $ 35.1 million, or 7.8%, from fiscal 2020 and is just $ 3.1 million below UH’s best non-university funding year totaling $ 488.6 million in the 2011 financial year.

UH Mānoa, the flagship campus of UH’s 10-campus system, topped this year’s non-university awards with $ 352.6 million, while the UH system raised $ 85.6 million for UH Community Colleges $ 28.35 million and UH Hilo received $ 15.97 million.

“Although almost every aspect of our private and working lives has been disrupted by the virus, our dedicated and hard-working lecturers, staff and doctoral students are focused and resilient on the task at hand,” said UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. Syrmos. “Your relentless efforts have kept the University of Hawaii research firm on the right track at full speed – and made a positive contribution to the well-being of our institution, our state, our nation, and beyond.”

Out-of-school funding is defined as external investment by government agencies such as federal government, industry, and nonprofits that support research and training activities by university faculty and staff focused on research and innovation that help increase knowledge and provide quality of life solutions to enhance.

“I would like to once again congratulate UH Mānoa-research ʻohana on their outstanding and innovative contributions, which under less than ideal circumstances have led to a record number of extra-university funding for the UH this year,” said UH Mānoa Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Velma A. Kameoka. “As our top-class faculty continues to inspire our students with their research and creativity, I would also like to acknowledge the unsung efforts of our hard-working postdocs, student assistants and staff for their commitment to keep the UH research company strong and resilient.”


Some examples of UH programs that have caught the attention of funders:

  • The Office of Vice President for Community Colleges received $ 13.37 million from the Department of Education for a three-year project to help train 3,560 displaced, new, and underemployed workers for highly desirable, living-wage jobs in the healthcare, craft, and technology sectors.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded $ 6.6 million to the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence IV-Hawai’i Statewide Research and Education Partnership (INBRE IV-HISREP) of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. HISREP serves as a catalyst in advancing the pipeline of researchers to drive the biomedical research community to make new and important health discoveries in the state.
  • The National Science Foundation has awarded the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) $ 4.5 million to extend its venerable Hawai’i Ocean Time series into its fourth decade of sustained observations of the variability of ocean ecosystems.
  • SOEST received $ 4.0 million from the Office of Naval Research to launch the Climate Resilience Initiative at UH Mānoa, with the first phase focusing on monitoring sea level rise and building partnerships between key stakeholders.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded the UH Cancer Center $ 3.8 million to continue its important multiethnic cohort study.
  • SOEST’s Hawai’i Sea Grant College program received $ 2.14 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund a four-year aquaculture expansion agent to help build the state’s capacity in the field.

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