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EPSRC funding to University of Southampton tops £100 million for the first time

Published: 29 July 2005

The level of current funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to the University of Southampton has topped the critical £100 million mark for the first time.

Southampton currently has a grant income of £102,670,666 in EPSRC research funding across a total of 165 individual grants. The Russell Group University stands third in the Council's portfolio of funded organisations ahead of Oxford University, and behind Cambridge and Imperial which take first and second place respectively.

Of the top three in the EPSRC funding table, Southampton is the highest per grant earner, with an average of £622,246 per grant. It is also highest per grant earner of the 19 major research-intensive universities which make up the Russell Group.

Earlier this year Southampton was the only university to receive two of the new batch of EPSRC Portfolio Partnerships, securing over half the £22 million funding awarded in that round. Two top research teams working in NanoPhotonics and Photonics secured funding worth over £11 million between them.

Professor Joe Hammond, Dean of the University's Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics, comments: "The University of Southampton's great success in attracting funding reflects the leading research standing of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics. A particularly pleasing aspect is the increasing volume of cross-disciplinary research, which is a pay-off from removing any barriers to co-operative working. This is exemplified by the University leading four highly prestigious Basic Technology programmes, its Life Sciences Interfaces and Nanoscience initiatives, and its partnerships with other universities."

Notes for editors

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has around 20,000 students and nearly 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £270 million.

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