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Message from the Vice President of Research

Dear Colleagues,

Since its inception in 1850, the University of Utah has been committed to developing cutting-edge research to enhance the lives of our local, national, and international communities. Whether it is finding a cure for cancer, creating innovative technologies, or understanding the complexities in the society we live in, each of the university’s remarkable discoveries are made possible by the dedication of its researchers, students, and staff.

The university prides itself on unique research pursuits and collaborative spirit catalyzed by researchers with a vast knowledge of myriad disciplines from around the world. With over 100 fields of study, 35 interdisciplinary programs, and 18 colleges, we have achieved significant annual increases in funding each year for the past five years. In FY 2021, the university reached over $640 million in federal funding and 2,958 grant and contract awards. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the university’s efforts to cultivate a leading research institution through excellenceinnovation, and interdisciplinary collaborations. We hope to continue this trajectory of success through the valuable efforts of the university’s research community, and by incorporating diverse research studies that represent the local and global communities we serve.

We believe that innovation and creativity are limitless at the University of Utah. In the Office of the Vice President for Research, it is our mission to partner with our talented research community to find meaningful discoveries that will have a profound impact on our society for years to come. We look forward to another exciting year of research and thank you for being “U”.

Erin Rothwell, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research


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