LINCOLN -- Federally funded research expenditures at the University of Nebraska declined slightly last year, NU officials reported to the Board of Regents Friday.
System-wide expenditures totaled about $193 million in 2012, a nearly 2 percent decline from 2011, according to Susan Fritz, interim provost.
However, she said, NU researchers performed above expectation considering declining federal funds and increased competition for those funds. Federal budget reductions caused by sequestration mean the future will be even more competitive and uncertain, she said.
At the University of Nebraska Medical Center, federal research expenditures totaled $84.1 million, a 2.3 decline from 2011. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012 expenditures totaled $101 million, a 2.8 percent decline from the previous year.
The med center and UNL do 95 percent of NU's federal research. Even considering last year's decline, both have experienced significant increases in federal research funding over the past several years.
At the medical center, federally funded research has grown an average of 12.1 percent per year since 2010. At UNL, it has grown an average of 8 percent per year since 2010.