- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University officials are set to announce record-breaking levels of annual giving and research funding at a Board of Trustees meeting on Friday.

Donors gave $343.4 million to the school in fiscal year 2015, breaking 2003’s record of $311 million, said Amy Noah, vice president for development. Researchers at the school received $401 million in outside funding, the most since they’ve received since pulling in $396 million in 2011, according to Suresh Garimella, vice president for research and partnerships.

“Competition among universities for declining federal funding is high,” Garimella said. ” … Our interdisciplinary research efforts and their impact on problems of national and fundamental prominence are bearing fruit.”

Purdue researchers have been competing for a dwindling amount of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier (https://on.jconline.com/1KcqoQm ) reported last year.

The university also vies for venture funding to support dozens of startup businesses founded by students and staff members. This year, a record 40 startups brought in $25 million in venture funding from outside of Indiana to West Lafayette, said Dan Hasler, president and CEO of Purdue Research Foundation.

The 40 startups, 178 patents and 241 licenses issued all surpass records set at the university last year. Purdue was ranked 16th globally among universities issued U.S. patents in 2014.

“We now have evidence of a trend line and not a flash in the pan,” Hasler said. “To have year-on-year records of growth is great. That kind of demonstrates that last year wasn’t an accident and that something is changing culturally in the community.”

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees also will decide Friday whether to add “diversity” to Provost Deba Dutta’s title of executive vice president for academic affairs. Dutta is set to take over former vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer G. Christine Taylor’s responsibilities after her position was eliminated July 1.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com

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