2021 Snapshot

Total Support for Research
Awards & Gifts

$634.4 Million
6,110 Awards & Gifts

Proposals Submitted

$2.19 Billion

Research Expenditures

$536.2 Million

CU Boulder's research and creative works portfolio continues to hold strong with five consecutive years of over half-billion dollars in sponsored projects funding and topping $500 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2021 (FY21). 

Solid growth in sponsored projects starts with the submission of proposals with over $2 billion dollars submitted in proposed projects for FY21. In the fourth year of capturing service activities, 93 contracts accounted for nearly $7.5 million. Service activities are a valuable approach to enhance relationships, increase research funding, utilize university facilities or equipment with excess capacity and provide job opportunities for students. 

Federal agency funding continues to hold strong along with greater support coming through projects with industry, other universities, international partners and gift support of research from foundations, private entities and individuals. Collaborations both nationally and internationally are integral to the robust nature of research and has continued to grow. CU Boulder issued over $83 million in subawards and subcontracts in FY21 to 291 external partners.