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UD hails new research record

The University of Dayton performed $149.8 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2018, eclipsing a previous record of $135.9 million set in fiscal 2017.

The 2017 record itself rose above the previous record of $117.6 million set in fiscal 2016.

The university said it also claimed the top spot in the nation for all materials engineering research in the latest National Science Foundation rankings for fiscal year 2017 higher education research spending.

“UD ranks in the top 25 of all U.S. colleges and universities in seven categories,” the university said in an announcement Wednesday.

“Every day, our researchers and faculty take science and technology out of the lab and into practical applications and solutions that serve the common good and meet the needs of our world,” UD President Eric F. Spina said in the university’s statement. “It is an essential part of our Catholic, Marianist university.”

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UD also said it rose to 8th from 10th in federally sponsored engineering research and development and to 5th from 17th in the nation for all sponsored industrial and manufacturing engineering research and development.

And in Ohio, UD remains No. 1 among all colleges and universities for federally sponsored engineering research and development and Department of Defense research and development.

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UD said it ranks ninth in total research spending among private four-year U.S. universities that do not perform medical research.

UD said it also remained 23rd nationally for all sponsored engineering research and development.

The University of Dayton Research Institute employs about 600 full-time and part-time, benefits-eligible professional researchers, technicians and administrative staff. Nearly 100 faculty and 370 students also engage in sponsored research.

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