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It is a pleasure for me to release this 1996 annual report, which summarizes the University of New Mexico's (UNM) sponsored activities for fiscal year 1996 (i.e., July 1, 1995 - June 30, 1996), FY96. The purpose of this report is to present some statistics of FY96 sponsored research, public service and instruction efforts at the main campus, branches and the Health Sciences Center (HSC). UNM faculty have continued their commitment to excellence by seeking sponsored projects and producing scholarly and creative works. While the majority of research at UNM is faculty based, there is also an appreciable level of activity which involve non-faculty initiatives. Scholarly and creative works for the calendar year 1995 are listed in Faculty Publications and Creative Works, which is published annually by the Office of Research Services. The awards received for FY96 total $164.3M, of which $113.7M is attributed to the main campus and branches. These awards assist in providing resources that are necessary to improve the quality of research and teaching on our campus. They also enhance the opportunities for our students to be trained in state-of-the-art laboratories in a variety of areas. During FY96, $6.3M was paid to 503 graduate students for research assistantships. The UNM centers, which are designed to promote interdisciplinary research, continue to thrive. They acquired $25.6M in awards and were responsible for supporting numerous faculty, staff and students from a broad spectrum of disciplines on campus. Terminology pertinent to this report include the following: contract and grant (C&G) awards - new funds that were acquired during FY96; expenditures - expenses incurred with respect to C&G awards in effect during FY96; indirect costs (IDC) - overhead funds that were generated as a result of expenditures incurred during FY96. Please join me in thanking our dedicated faculty, staff and students involved in the research, public service and instruction efforts at UNM. It is their success in these arenas that enhances UNM's visibility at the national and international levels, and also helps in the economic growth of our state and the region. UNM is classified as a Research I Institution, and is ranked in the top 40 of the nation's public universities and colleges, based on annual research and development (R&D) expenditures. According to the National Science Foundation's figures for the top 100 universities and colleges in the nation, UNM had the largest increase based on the percentage difference between the total R&D expenditures for FY 90 and FY95. Thanks are also due to a number of individuals who have helped in preparing this report. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Denise Wallen, Ann Powell and Valerie Roybal of the Office of Research Services, and Marsha Truax of the Health Sciences Center. I welcome your comments and questions with respect to this annual report, and other issues related to research activities at UNM. Nasir Ahmed, Presidential Professor Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies


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