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£100m research figure topped for first time

Queen’s has exceeded £100m in research grants for the first time and is making progress towards ambitious research-income goals, according to the latest financial figures.

Under Vision 2020, the Research Strategy and the Corporate Plan, the University has set itself a target of increasing external research income from £55m to £110m by 2021.

And it has just been announced that the total value of research grants and contracts awarded to the University in 2016-2017 was £101.6m – the first time that the annual figure has topped £100m.

Professor James McElnay, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, said he wanted to “congratulate and thank” academic and professional-support staff for their “hard work and success in achieving this significant milestone”.

He added: “At Queen’s, we are addressing the challenges the future holds by creating an inspiring research environment that nurtures talent and rewards excellence. It is more imperative than ever to secure a sustainable funding model and ensure a competitive and globally connected Northern Ireland. Once again, I would like to thank my colleagues for all of their combined efforts.”