We have also made some major improvements in the reach, focus and accountability of our research efforts. Our researchers have continued making strides in securing research funding. We’ve also secured a new agreement from the federal government concerning F & A rates that will help with reimbursing the university for research costs.
One of the most dramatic successes was the effort by Principal Investigator Sanford Eigenbrode, who with several other diligent University researchers secured the largest research grant in our history -- $20 million grant to study the impact of climate change on Northwest wheat and barley production. Beyond the size of the grant, this effort places us in the lead with Washington State and Oregon State Universities who are joining the cooperative effort. It signals our increasing leadership in the region in both securing grants and being recognized as a senior partner.
Vice President McIver, working with many from across campus, has also completed the first round of “Instituting Institutes” with an eye to ensuring the greatest degree of success by ensuring our research efforts are managed and funded at the most appropriate levels. We’ve worked to make all of our research organizations more accountable and more compliant with appropriate requirements. My hope is that this will ensure more emphasis on inter-disciplinary efforts while also maintaining transparency in our efforts.
I also hope these efforts will ensure we are intentional in distributing our limited resources to achieve the greatest effect. We must work to support our researchers and encourage others to join in to ensure we reach our goal of $150 million research expenditures by 2020.