TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A National Science Foundation (NSF) report lists Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) as the No.1 historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the nation for total research and development (R&D) expenditures.
The NSF recently released data from its Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions study, which reveals that the top 20 HBCUs combined, had total R&D expenditures of $455.1 million, while FAMU alone accounted for a staggering $51.1 million of that amount.
The recently released data was collected during a 2013 survey.
“I am exceptionally proud of Florida A&M University and our top ranking,” said Vice President for Research Timothy Moore, Ph.D. “However, there is a lot more work ahead. FAMU is committed to securing our place as a leading research enterprise among all universities and colleges.”
Moore explained that while FAMU is one of the younger research universities in the nation, as many HBCUs are, he is committed to building a premier, nationally competitive research program.
“We are focused on leveraging new and existing relationships to help us achieve our vision of becoming a best-in-class university with a global reach. Rebranding the research enterprise is a given – an interdisciplinary task—arduous perhaps, but certainly doable.”
He added, “The FAMU Division of Research is committed to enhancing the University’s approach to addressing and helping to resolve national and global challenges.”
Commenting on the University’s ranking as the top R&D HBCU, President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., said, “I congratulate Vice President Moore, his predecessor K. Ken Redda, Ph.D., and our dedicated research faculty and staff for achieving this most important milestone. The work exhibited by this esteemed group of scientists, experts, and innovators is a vivid example of the great things that are happening at FAMU every day. Under the stewardship of Dr. Moore, we are poised to rise to even greater heights in research and innovation in the coming months and years.”
The work of FAMU’s research community will be on display this fall during the Inaugural Discovery on Parade Showcase, a collaborative effort between FAMU, Florida State University, and Tallahassee Community College. The event is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Augustus B. Turnbull Florida State Conference Center.
Photo: FAMU School of the Environment Professor Henry Neal Williams, Ph.D., is one of the many researchers contributing to the success of the University’s research program. Williams is globally recognized as one of the foremost experts on the ecology of bacterial predators.