President's Report Masthead
September 1, 2016
Binghamton see growth in research funding

Binghamton University's research funding is on the upswing.

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.