Howard University Posts a Record Year in Grants and Contracts for Research

In 2018, historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C. announced a goal of raising $100 million in grants and contracts for research by 2024. Today, Howard surpassed that goal two years early by raising $122 million in its 2022 fiscal year. This is a record sum for any historically Black college or university.

From 2017 to 2021, Howard increased output of research proposals by more than 37 percent and funding increased 175 percent from 2008 to 2022. Unlike donations or gifts, research grants and contracts are based on professors and students submitting proposals and being awarded project-specific funding.

With these strides, Howard University is on pace to raise over $100 million year-over-year, providing more support for facilities, faculty and postdoctoral capacity, scholarships, fellowships and other investments.

“Research and academic excellence has always been part of Howard’s identity. We have supported hundreds of leading researchers across disciplines, furthering our collective understanding of the world around us and producing research that has changed the world,” said Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. “With our new approach to research funding, we are creating more opportunities for leading Black scholars today, while training the next generation of leaders.”

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