UNC-Chapel Hill faculty brought in $792.7 million in research grants and contracts last year, according to figures released this week.
The research dollar total exceeded the previous year by nearly $15 million. About three-quarters of the money came from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, which provided $428 million for medical research.
Also this week, the university announced that its Carolina Population Center had received a five-year, $28 million grant for its National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. The grant is from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The center’s Add Health study, as it’s known, is in its 20th year of federal funding. It is the largest study of adolescent health ever undertaken in the United States, the university said.
The study began in 1994 with researchers’ interviews of 20,000 middle and high school students. About 10,000 researchers have used data from the study to explore everything from obesity to high blood pressure to social and behavioral influences on health.
The new grant will allow researchers to continue to track the original respondents, now well into adulthood.