Providing the infrastructure for research

WHSCB Research

Supporting research involves considerable investment in facilities and oversight. Many of these overhead costs are unreimbursed. Last year, the total unreimbursed overhead costs for research in the WHSC was approximately $97.3 million.

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center continues to rank high among the world’s leading research institutions.

WHSCB Research

Each year Emory Healthcare invests millions in teaching and research missions, including $73.7 million in fiscal year 2010–2011.


In fiscal year 2010-2011, the center was awarded $511.5 million in research funding, bringing Emory University’s total to $539.7 million. Research awards are a point of pride and a considerable boost to the local economy, but what matters most to researchers is the opportunity to understand and combat disease.

Awards in the past year included $26 million from National Institutes of Health to fund AIDS vaccine research in nonhuman primates, $17 million from NIH for pediatric research (including $4.8 million to study the genetics of Crohn’s disease in African Americans), $10 million from NIH to advance technology for painless flu vaccine patches, $5 million to support research in Parkinson’s disease, $5.4 million to develop vaccines against the viruses that cause Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever, $5 million from NIH to develop more effective treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and the list goes on.

To attract such awards, Emory must provide research space, such as the $90 million health sciences research building currently under construction and the $90 million Claudia Nance Rollins Public Health Building that opened last year. It also must pay the overhead costs of conducting research. Last year the total unreimbursed facility and administrative overhead costs for research in the WHSC was approximately $97.3 million.

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