FY 2016 Appropriation

The USTAR Executive Director is responsible for day-to-day administration and provides staff support to the Governing Authority, which manages all components of the initiative. The Administration is broken up into centralized

  • marketing,
  • accounting, and
  • purchasing.

Administration support to the Governing Authority includes the creation and analytical review of performance reports of research teams and commercialization projects.

The Administration also provides collaboration resources, including a centralized database of stakeholder and client information on a Salesforce CRM (online web-based Customer Relationship Management service), as well as online resources such as the innovationutah.com website and electronic e-Connections newsletter.

Funding History

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Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $1,141,300 from all sources for Administration. This is a 23.1 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $995,000 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 39.5 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time Shift USTAR Oversight Functions to Administration$260,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$260,000$0General Fund
Centralize oversight functions into Administration.

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USTAR Administration Metrics

* Transition to new website hosting in FY13 - missing web analytics 1/3 year

Number of media stories covering USTAR

Media Stories. USTAR's brand impacts the number and amount of federal research funds and other grants. Measuring the number of media stories mentioning USTAR allows the administration to track whether USTAR's brand and presence is increasing or decreasing.

Number of SalesForce accounts

SalesForce.com Accounts. SalesForce.com accounts show USTAR's level of activity. If there are more accounts in SalesForce.com it means more projects are being worked on, with more researchers, more entrepreneurs, and with more small businesses.

Number of unique visitors to USTAR''s website

Website Hits. Measuring unique visitors per month to USTAR's website helps gauge the success of branding efforts and the exposure USTAR receives throughout the State and the rest of the country. The USTAR brand is important because it helps attract top talent to Utah, one of the main contributing factors to the success of the program.

Top indicators for the success of USTAR Administration

Measures the Administration Program considers indicative of its success are (1) number of website hits (2) accounts in SalesForce.com, and (3) media stories mentioning USTAR.

Statute

UCA 63M-2-302 specifies the duties of the Governing Authority. The authority:

  • Ensures that funds appropriated and received for research and development at the research universities and for the technology outreach program are used appropriately, effectively, and efficiently in accordance with the intent of the Legislature;
  • Works with the administrations of the University of Utah and Utah State University to expand key research;
  • Encourages and enhances technology transfer and commercialization of research and technologies developed at the research universities to create high-quality jobs and new industries in the private sector in Utah;
  • Reviews state and local economic development plans and appropriations to ensure that the USTAR initiative and its appropriations do not duplicate existing or planned programs;
  • Establishes economic development objectives for the USTAR initiative that are measurable and verifiable, including how to maximize revenue to the USTAR initiative so that it becomes financially self-supporting;
  • Makes rules for allocating appropriations to research teams and for the commercialization of new technology between Utah State University and the University of Utah;
  • Verifies that the USTAR initiative is being enhanced by research grants and that it is meeting economic development objectives;
  • Monitors all research plans that are part of the USTAR initiative at the research universities to determine that appropriations are being spent in accordance with legislative intent and to maximize the benefit and return to the State; and
  • Develops methods and incentives to encourage investment in, and contributions to, the USTAR initiative from the private sector.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 64

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that up to $350,000 of any remaining amount of the $711,200 ongoing General Fund appropriation provided by Item 21, Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 2014 for Utah Science Technology and Research Governing Authority USTAR Administration shall not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015. These funds will be used for a program assessment, audit and website.


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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.