FY 2016 Appropriation

Initial USTAR funding allowed Utah's Research Universities to recruit exceptional faculty with a productive career history that included successful federally funded innovative research and a history of commercializable inventions.

USTAR continues to support these researchers but also provides support through infrastructure, programs, initiatives and personnel to accelerate commercialization.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for University of Utah. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.

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


  • 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

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 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.

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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.