The online business journal Florida Trend reported July 31 that the University of Florida has received a record $837.6 million in research funding in fiscal year 2018, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal 2016 by $113.6 million, or nearly 16 percent.
More than 120 research faculty hired since 2014 have brought nearly $200 million in awards to the university, according to a UF press release.
UF has received over 100 awards of $1 million or more in 2018. Examples of the impactful research funded this year were led by the $11.5 million award from the nonprofit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, given to UF’s Nancy Mendenhall, MD, and Ronald Chen, MD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Mendenhall is the medical director of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute and professor and associate chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida.
Their team will directly compare the potential benefits and harms of proton therapy to standard radiation therapy when treating prostate cancer.