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UGA breaks research and development spending record

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The University of Georgia spent a record-breaking half a billion dollars -- $546.7 million -- on research and development in fiscal year 2022.

Through sponsored funding from federal agencies, UGA increased its research and development spending by over $50 million from last year -- the largest single-year jump in recent history -- according to university officials. The increase is the university’s first time increasing research and development expenditures by more than 10% since fiscal year 2017.

With fiscal year 2022’s expenditures, UGA completed the Interdisciplinary STEM Research Complex, started construction on a new Poultry Science Building, and is updating its existing research facilities. Along with building developments, UGA awarded grants to local projects ranging from Parkinson's research to plant genome analysis.

As of December, UGA ranks 57th nationally in the National Science Foundation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development Survey. UGA’s score is based on fiscal year 2021’s research and development expenditures.