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ULM Office of Sponsored Programs and Research announces successful 2018

Published January 15, 2019

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) is pleased to announce another successful year in receiving grants and contracts from federal and state agencies and foundations. OSPR received notifications on almost $14 million in newly awarded research projects for 2018.  
Dr. John Sutherlin, second from left, and OSPR staff members.

Director of the OSPR, Dr. John W. Sutherlin, stated, "Our success is due in large part because of the hard work and creativity of our faculty and support from the administration. More than120 faculty are involved in funded-research, especially those related to public health. The projects are not just academic exercises, but are critical to job training and workforce development in our state and region." 
A sampling of extraordinary projects include the following:
• Dr. Karen Briski whose proposal was funded for $352,726 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Dr. Catherine Estis who received $490,000 from the Department of Education (DOE)
• Dr. Todd Murphy who received $274, 857 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) 
• Dr. Matthew Talbert who received $352,500 from NIH

Each of these projects are directly related to quality of life issues for our community. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Pani, remarked, “Our research, inspired by professor’s curiosity, adds to the body of knowledge that solves society’s problems, and enhances faculty status. Externally-funded research also strengthens the region’s economy and adds much-needed funds to the university budget. Faculty at ULM are stepping up their externally-supported research and should be commended for these efforts. So should Dr. John Sutherlin and the staff in the OSPR who are providing the support needed for this work.”

ULM’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research Council have played vital roles in working with faculty and developing a better process for management of grant applications and submissions. The Chairman of the Research Council, Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee, claimed, “We want to continue to play a pivotal role in fostering research among faculty. In line with ULM’s vision of being a top-performing regional university, the council members have actively engaged in devising strategic ways to encourage research in all disciplines, especially those that train our students for jobs. ULM continues to see growth that impacts the community.”

With this continued support, ULM’s faculty is actively making positive impacts upon the community, state, and region. Sutherlin added, "ULM's research in public health areas is directly impacting the quality of life, health, and jobs. Economic growth in northeast Louisiana would be very different without ULM."