$565.2 million in total external funding in fiscal 2015. Total funding for research: $443 million

2,240 grants and contracts awarded

30th among public universities in federal research and development expenditures

27% of Iowa undergraduates are involved in research


Economic impact

$963 million in Iowa economic activity driven by UI research

146 patent applications filed by the UI Research Foundation in fiscal 2015

50 patents issued; 40 licenses/options

$1,499,681 in royalties and license fees; $1,181,634 in patent cost reimbursements

$2.4 billion—projected impact of UI discoveries on Iowa’s economy by 2020

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8 main and branch libraries on campus

37,000-square-foot Main Library Learning Commons opened in fall 2013

5 million volumes in the state’s largest library system

200,000+ rare books and 500+ historically significant manuscript collections

11,000+ electronic journals licensed for use

1 million volumes in the College of Law Library—second-largest collection among all law-school libraries

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January 2016