Grant Bonanza at FSU

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Officials with Florida State University say the university has had an outstanding year in acquiring grant dollars.

Ross Ellington, Associate Vice President for Research, says the university saw close to a 20 percent increase in grant awards in the previous fiscal year.

Officials say grant dollars provide support to graduate students, faculty, and keeps FSU competitive with other universities around the country in attracting the best researchers.

"The preliminary budget figures are in for fiscal year 2006, in terms of awards and grants. We have gotten $188 million in awards, which is about a 17 percent increase over the previous fiscal year," explains Ellington, who says the university is looking to hire more faculty members and hopes to see a substantial increase in grant dollars coming to the university.