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Strategic investments will help CTAHR continue to grow research capacity

  • 19 April 2021
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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First, the good news. For the fourth year in a row, extramural funding for CTAHR faculty to conduct important research has increased. In calendar year 2020, the total value of contracts and grants awarded to principal investigators was $21.3 M, which is up from $17.9 M in 2019, $15.8 M in 2018, and $15.3 M in 2017.

“Of the $21.3 M awarded to CTAHR faculty during 2020, 52% came from federal agencies, 32% from state agencies, and the rest from partner universities and non-profit organizations,” says Walter Bowen, Associate Dean and Associate Director for Research.

Although the pandemic did not stop CTAHR faculty from continued success in grant applications, there is concern that it could diminish CTAHR research capacity if strategic investments are not made. Therefore, to balance the potential negative impacts with the need to grow and sustain research capacity, CTAHR has created an “Internal Funding Opportunity” for faculty to identify specific funding needs that would help them maintain a competitive and beneficial research program.

Do you have a specific funding need? Examples are salaries for graduate or undergraduate students, materials and supplies, sample analyses, and similar expenditures. Faculty with an active Hatch or Hatch Multistate project are encouraged to apply – but do it quick because the deadline is April 21.

“Collectively, we need to focus on those areas of need most important to strengthening our research capacity despite the pandemic,” says Walter.



Follow this brief outline for a one-page submission and send it to Research@ctahr.hawaii.edu.

  1. Name(s) of investigator(s), single or as a team.
  1. Hatch or Hatch Multistate project number(s) and project title(s)
  1. Amount of expenditures request for the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 fiscal year.
  1. A brief budget justification that includes if the funds are for personnel or operations.