Binghamton see growth in research funding
Binghamton University research expenditures rose to $36.74 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year, a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year. Committed funds, considered a leading indicator of research activity on campus, rose about 17 percent to $43.47 million in 2015-16.
Paul Parker, associate vice president for research administration, noted that 17 principal investigators had expenditures over $500,000, 11 surpassed $1 million and five topped $1.5 million. Two faculty members, M. Stanley Whittingham, director of the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, and Raymond Romanczyk, executive director of the Institute for Child Development, had research expenditures over $2 million.
Applications rose to $177.63 million in 2015-16, an 18 percent jump from a year earlier.
The year also brought two new grants from the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious program for young faculty to Binghamton researchers. Mechanical engineer Paul Chiarot received a CAREER grant for work that lead to a radical shift in manufacturing technology, while physicist Jeffrey Mativetsky won a CAREER award for work that may lead to inexpensive clean energy.
End-of-year figures focused on technology transfer show that Binghamton researchers filed 34 new technology disclosures — a new record — and faculty innovators were awarded 17 patents.