Stimulus softens UO cuts

The University of Oregon has received $40 million in stimulus funds, preventing deeper budget cuts.

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The University of Oregon received $40 million in federal stimulus funds as of Dec. 31 — the most of any Lane County organization.

The money has helped the UO avoid deeper budget cuts and has mostly gone to paying faculty and continuing research.

Of the total, about $27.5 million will ultimately go to faculty salaries and benefits, and most of the rest will be doled out to a long list of research projects and graduate student support. The total allocation will help support 1,148 jobs, according to Oregon University System figures.

Even though the amount of stimulus money going to research is modest, both as a share of overall federal stimulus spending and as a share of the nation’s recent research budget, it could be enough to sustain a string of record-breaking years for research spending at the UO.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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