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Compendium of Budget Information for the 2014 General Session

Business, Economic Development, and Labor
Appropriations Subcommittee
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Agency: USTAR

Line Item: USTAR Research Teams

Function

The USTAR Governing Authority is to allocate funds to Utah State University and the University of Utah to fund science and technology research by USTAR professors. The researchers and the research focus areas are to:

  • Build on existing university strengths;
  • Create commercialization opportunities;
  • Target strategic markets;
  • Leverage Utah industry strengths.

Background

To date, the two research universities have 18 active teams - 11 at the University of Utah, and 7 at Utah State University. The areas of expertise are:

University of Utah.

  • Nano Technology
  • Medical Imaging Technology and Brain Medicine
  • BioDevice and BioPharma
  • Energy Technology
  • Digital Media

Utah State University.

  • BioInnovations
  • Energy Innovations
  • Earth and Space Innovations

Greater detail about these areas of expertise and university research teams is available under each university's respective program section of this compendium of budget information.

Statutory Authority

UCA 63M-2-203 directs the USTAR Governing Authority to allocate funds to Utah State University and the University of Utah to fund science and technology research by USTAR scientists.

Performance

The top four measures USTAR cites as indicative of success for the Research Teams line item are (1) Researchers hired and in place (2) External research grants awarded (3) Disclosures submitted, and (4) Companies Started/Brought to Utah.

Researchers Hired and In Place. The trend in researchers hired and in place measures USTAR's progress with implementing its statutory duties as sanctioned by the Governor and Legislature.

External Research Grants Awarded. An objective of USTAR researchers is to win external research grants. When these grants are awarded the funding is used for the operations and maintenance of the researchers' respective teams; this increases the return on state funding and projects state appropriations to USTAR's research teams into future years.

Disclosures Submitted. Disclosures measure the progress of USTAR researchers. If they conduct solid research and perform well they will have disclosures to show for it.

Companies Started/Brought to Utah. The ultimate purpose of USTAR is to create high quality and high paying jobs in Utah - high paying jobs increase household income of Utah workers, and in turn tax revenue to the state. The number of companies started or brought to Utah is an important indicator of USTAR research teams' success of jobs being created by the initiative.

USTAR-Research Teams

*** Definition of metric under review

Detailed results for each university are available in their respective program section of this compendium of budget information

Related Material

USTAR Budget Issues (2014 General Session)

4. USTAR

USTAR Budget Issues (2014 General Session)

4. USTAR

Funding Detail

During the 2013 General Session, the Legislature created the USTAR Research Teams line item and two new programs, titled after the two participating research universities. Historically, funding has been split 60/40 with 60 percent of research team funds distributed to the University of Utah and 40 percent distributed to Utah State University.

The creation of this new line item facilitates the reporting of more specific details of research team expenditures. To this point expenditure detail has been reported as pass-through funding to the universities.

Sources of Finance
(click linked fund name for more info)
General Fund
General Fund, One-time
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $18,518,900
$0
$18,518,900
($18,518,900)
$0
$0 $0 $0 $0 $0
$56,000
$56,000
($56,000)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$18,518,900
$56,000
$18,574,900
($18,574,900)
$0
Programs:
(click linked program name to drill-down)
Utah State University
University of Utah
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $7,407,600
$56,000
$7,463,600
($7,463,600)
$0
$0 $0 $0 $0 $11,111,300
$0
$11,111,300
($11,111,300)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$18,518,900
$56,000
$18,574,900
($18,574,900)
$0
Categories of Expenditure
(mouse-over category name for definition)
Other Charges/Pass Thru
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $18,518,900
$56,000
$18,574,900
($18,574,900)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$18,518,900
$56,000
$18,574,900
($18,574,900)
$0

Program: Utah State University

Background

At Utah State University, three areas of innovation consist of 6 different research teams and one joint team with the University of Utah. They break down as follows:

BioInnovations

  • Center for Human Nutrition Studies (formerly CAN)
  • Synthetic Bio-manufacturing Institute (SBI)
  • Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease (VDID)
  • Arrhythmia Joint Venture (Joint with the U of U and USU)

Energy Innovations

  • USTAR Advance Transportation Institute (UATI)

Earth and Space Innovations

  • Space Weather Center
  • Advanced Weather Systems Foundation (STORM project)

Performance

BioInnovations

Center for Human Nutrition Studies (formerly CAN)

  • Team Established: FY 2006
    • Michael Lefevre
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $1,720,600
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • Counted in Arrhythmia Joint Venture
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License

Synthetic Bio-manufacturing Institute (SBI)

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Randy Lewis
    • Foster Agblevor
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $3,344,900
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 71
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 2 Licenses
    • 1 Spin-out

Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease (VDID)

  • Team Established: FY 2011
    • Irina Polejaeva
    • Liaohai Chen
    • Young-Min Lee
    • Zhongde Wang
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $10,561,500
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 5
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 Spin-out
    • 3 Industry Partners

Arrhythmia Joint Venture

  • Team Established: FY 2011
    • Irina Polejaeva
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $2,084,700
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 18
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 Industry Partner

Energy Innovations

Intuitive Buildings (I2B)

  • Team Established: FY 2011
    • Aravand Dasu
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $0
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 29
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License

Energy Initiative (Plasma)

  • Team Established: FY 2009
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $0
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 1
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

Biofuels

  • Team Established: FY 2007
    • Foster Agblevor
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $15,397,400
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • Included with SBI
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

USTAR Advanced Transportation Institute (WAVE)

  • Team Established: FY 2007
    • Hunter Wu (No longer with USU; left to work full-time with WAVE)
    • Regan Zane
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $0
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 24
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 (WAVE Bus)

Earth and Space Innovations

Space Weather Center

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Kent Tobiska
    • Herbert Carlson
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $3,327,100
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 4
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License
    • 2 Spin-outs
    • 2 Industry Partners

Advanced Weather Systems Foundation (STORM)

  • Team Established: FY 2011
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $355,000
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 0
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License
    • 1 Spin-out

Active Sensing: Now part of STORM and the Advanced Weather Systems Foundation

  • Team Established: FY 2012
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $0
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 7
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 2 Licenses
    • 1 Spin-out

Funding Detail

The largest portion of research team expenditures goes to salaries and benefits. The Utah State Research Foundation (USURF I.O.T.), current expenses, and capital outlay also make up a large portion of funding. In FY 2013, The $13.5 million appropriation to USU research teams breaks down as follows:

BioInnovations

Center for Human Nutrition Studies (formerly CAN): $230,000

Synthetic Bio-Manufacturing Institute (SBI): $4,051,000

Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease (VDID): $2,209,200

Arrhythmia Joint Venture (Joint with U of U and USU): $800,000

Energy Innovations

Intuitive Buildings (I2B): $290,000

Energy Initiative: $1,529,300

USTAR Advance Transportation Institute (UATI): $1,710,000

Energy Innovations

Space Weather Center: $345,400

Advanced Weather Systems Foundation (STORM project): $900,000

Active Sensing: $200,000

Research team expenditures at USU totaled $12,874,900 for FY 2013. The other $638,200 was spent on O&M costs of $309,800, Salary obligations of $228,400, and Experimental Program to Stimulation Competitive Research (EPSCOR) of approximately $100,000.

Sources of Finance
(click linked fund name for more info)
General Fund
General Fund, One-time
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $7,407,600
$0
$7,407,600
($7,407,600)
$0
$0 $0 $0 $0 $0
$56,000
$56,000
($56,000)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$7,407,600
$56,000
$7,463,600
($7,463,600)
$0
Categories of Expenditure
(mouse-over category name for definition)
Other Charges/Pass Thru
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $7,407,600
$56,000
$7,463,600
($7,463,600)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$7,407,600
$56,000
$7,463,600
($7,463,600)
$0

Program: University of Utah

Background

At the University of Utah, five areas of expertise consist of 11 different research teams. They break down as follows:

NanoTechnology

  • Nanotechnology Biosensors
  • Wireless Nanosystems
  • Micro and Nano System Integration

Medical Imaging Technology and Brain Medicine

  • Circuits of the Brain
  • Diagnostic Neuroimaging
  • Imaging Technology
  • Nanoscale and Biomedical Photonic Imaging

BioDevice and BioPharma

  • Biomedical Device Innovation

Energy Technology

  • Fossil Energy - Carbon Engineering
  • Alternative and Renewable Energy Center

Digital Media

  • Digital Media

Performance

NanoTechnology

Nanotechnology Biosensors

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Marc Porter
    • Ling Zang
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $13,521,300
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 32
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 10 Licenses
    • 1 Company ([Name???])

Wireless Nanosystems

  • Team Established: FY 2010
    • Carlos Mastrangelo
    • Massood Tabib-Azar
    • Darrin Young
    • Gianluca Lazzi
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $10,029,300
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 41
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License

Micro and Nano System Integration

  • Team Established: FY 2010
    • Rajesh Menon
    • Hanseup Kim
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $2,628,200
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 20
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 2 License

Medical Imaging Technology and Brain Medicine

Circuits of the Brain

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Julie Korenberg
    • Li Dai
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $4,863,900
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 5
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

Diagnostic Neuroimaging

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Perry Renshaw
    • Deborah Yurgelun-Todd
    • Melissa Lopez-Larson
    • Doug Kondo
    • Eun-Kee Jeong
    • Andrew Prescot
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $20,433,400
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 25
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

Imaging Technology

  • Team Established: FY 2009
    • Guido Gerig
    • Orly Alter
    • Preston Fletcher
    • Miriah Meyer
    • Tolga Tasdizen
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $9,094,600
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 13
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 License
    • 1 Company ([Name???])

Nanoscale and Biomedical Photonic

  • Team Established: FY 2011
    • Saveez Saffarian
    • Matt Wachoviak
    • Mark Ji
    • Ayako Yamaguchi
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $4,897,700
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 2
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0
BioDevice and BioPharma

Biomedical Device

  • Team Established: FY 2008
    • John White
    • Hamid Ghandehari
    • Alan Dorval
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $9,391,300
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 14
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 1 Company ([Name???])

Energy Technology

Fossil Energy

  • Team Established: FY 2007
    • Brian McPherson
    • John Mclennan
    • Si-Yong Lee
    • Manoranjan Misra
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $24,449,300
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 15
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 2 Licenses
    • 1 Company ([Name???])

Alternative and Renewable Energy Center

  • Team Established: FY 2012
    • Shelley Minteer
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $1,028,500
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 1
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

Digital Media

Digital Media

  • Team Established: FY 2010
    • Craig Caldwell
    • Cem Yuksei
  • External Research Grants Awarded:
    • $0
  • Disclosures Submitted:
    • 0
  • Companies Created/Brought to Utah:
    • 0

Funding Detail

The largest portion of research team expenditures goes to salaries and benefits. Current expenses, equipment, and capital outlay also make up a large portion of funding. In FY 2013, The $14.3 million appropriation to U of U research teams breaks down as follows:

NanoTechnology

Nanotechnology Biosensors: $368,108

Wireless Nanosystems: $677,610

Micro and Nano System Integration: $328,562

Medical Imaging Technology and Brain Medicine

Circuits of the Brain: $516,025

Diagnostic Neuroimaging: $1,360,102

Imaging Technology: $757,307

Nanoscale and Biomedical Photonic: $775,081

BioDevice and BioPharma

Biomedical Device: $937,261

Energy Technology

Fossil Energy - Carbon Engineering: $899,048

Alternative and Renewable Energy Center: $420,478

Digital Media

Digital Media: $348,155

Research teams expended about $7.44 million of the University of Utah's research team allocation. The other $6.9 million was spent on the Materials research, Science, and Engineering Center (MERSEC) match of $3.3 million, O&M costs of $2.1 million, the arrhythmia joint venture of $1.2 million, $177,300 of 3T MRI expenses, and and approximately $160,000 for start-up and retrofit expenses.

Sources of Finance
(click linked fund name for more info)
General Fund
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $11,111,300
$0
$11,111,300
($11,111,300)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$11,111,300
$0
$11,111,300
($11,111,300)
$0
Categories of Expenditure
(mouse-over category name for definition)
Other Charges/Pass Thru
Total
2010
Actual
2011
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Approp
2014
Change
2014
Revised
2015
Change
2015
Approp
$0 $0 $0 $0 $11,111,300
$0
$11,111,300
($11,111,300)
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$11,111,300
$0
$11,111,300
($11,111,300)
$0
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.