The Costs of Being a Great Research Center (2008)

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The numbers keep climbing.

In fiscal year 2007–2008, Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) received $387.5 million in research funding, bringing Emory University’s research funding for the year to $411.2 million, the highest total for any university in Georgia.

This funding included $31 million from the NIH to create the Emory-led Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Emory also received $25.5 million to participate in the National Children's Study. In partnership with Morehouse, Emory researchers will study children from Georgia’s DeKalb and Fulton counties, seeking information to prevent and treat autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

When awards like these come in, the flow of money is two-way. By the time overhead expenses are covered, the total spent often exceeds dollars received. Last year, the total cash loss for unrecovered costs for research in the WHSC was $89.6 million.

Research awards and the overhead that makes them possible allow Emory to improve understanding of health-related problems and ability to treat and prevent them. They expand the number of clinical trials that give today's patients access to tomorrow's cures. And they move Georgia forward in its mission to become a leader in biotechnology.