UNMC’s research expenditures reach new annual record

Jennifer Larsen, MD, UNMC's vice chancellor for research

Jennifer Larsen, MD, UNMC's vice chancellor for research

UNMC research and sponsored projects continue to grow, with total research expenditures reaching $183 million in fiscal year 2022, the largest total in UNMC’s history.

Total research expenditures in FY22 increased by 3% to $183 million.

Total sponsored program awards totaled $251.9 million this past fiscal year, an increase of 10%, marking a new record and four years of consecutive growth. Public service grants increased 30% to $67.2 million. Total research awards increased 4% to $169.7 million, the second highest amount on record.

“These records are the work of many faculty, trainees, employees and research administrators. With the outstanding faculty already here and ongoing recruitment efforts across all our colleges and institutes, I predict these numbers will continue to grow,” said Jennifer Larsen, MD, UNMC’s vice chancellor for research.

The UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research use both awards and expenditures to track progress and growth. Both are important and together give a complete picture of the work UNMC researchers are conducting. Additionally, UNMC is ranked by different organizations using criteria that involve both metrics.

“Research awards and expenditures never quite match for many reasons. Expenditures are based on spending on the previous year’s awards, and awards transferred in with new recruits are not included that year but are counted in expenditures,” Dr. Larsen said.

In fiscal year 2022, total research awards increased by 4% and sponsored program awards increased by 10%.

“Our clinical trials can be difficult to capture in research awards because they are incrementally funded as individuals are enrolled in studies,” said Christopher Kratochvil, MD, UNMC’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and vice president for research at Nebraska Medicine.

Research expenditures not only include funding received from clinical trials, but also research funded by donors, academic health center partners and state-aided funds.

“Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the research community at UNMC, we continue to see growth despite the challenges of the pandemic,” Dr. Larsen said. “We have a bright future ahead of us.”


  1. Lisa Runco says:

    Dr. Larsen, your leadership of the VCR office has pushed us to ever greater heights. Thank you for all you have done, and will continue to do, for UNMC! Your support and guidance provided to the Child Health Research Institute has been invaluable.

  2. Bill O'Neill says:

    Congratulations to the entire research enterprise for all of its work to advance science and find new treatments for disease.

  3. Lisa Spellman says:

    Congratulations to all but especially to Dr. Larsen, whose exemplary leadership has led to this wonderful rise in research awards.

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