NIU research funding grows 26 percent in 2018

November 14, 2018

DeKALB – Funding for the 2018 fiscal year of research at Northern Illinois University grew by 26 percent, according to a news report from NIU.

Research funding, which

goes toward faculty and staff research, surged to $12 million, according to a new annual report from NIU’s Sponsored Programs Administration.

The biggest funding agency was the National Science Foundation, according to the release.

Federal agencies provided

90 percent of NIU’s research funding, which supports a wide variety of work, from art and design, and the study of family violence, to humanities research and a number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

Though research funding traditionally goes toward STEM funding more so than anything else, NIU officials were “excited” to see a growth in funding for non-STEM fields, too, according to the release.

The FY2018 funding covered an array of projects at NIU, including $124,000 from the National Science Foundation to Mary Quinlan, art and design professor, for research into the roles of vision and visual psychology in 16th-century iconoclasms.

Over $300,000 from the National Science Foundation went to Tao Xu, chemistry and biochemistry professor to further develop perovskite solar cells alongside scientists from Argonne National Laboratory in DuPage County.

Oliver Hofstetter, chemistry and biochemistry professor, received $628,000 from the National Institute of Justice for spearheading an international collaboration that is developing new methods of lifting fingerprints.

Meteorology professors Walker Ashley and Victor Gensini were awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to track historically large thunderstorm complexes and research how storms might change in the future based on potential climate change scenarios.

Additionally, the funding awards steer cutting-edge research, provide training to doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students, and help NIU attract and retain faculty and students.

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