A significant increase in financial support highlighted the success of RIT’s sponsored research programs during the recently completed fiscal year. RIT received a record total of $58.4 million in funding during that period, a 20 percent increase over last year according to RIT’s Sponsored Research Services. The university received $51.4 million in new research grants and contracts, $3 million in gifts supporting research, and $4 million in support of research at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The largest sponsor of research at RIT is the federal government, which accounts for $36.7 million in awards received during fiscal year 2009. Agencies within the defense and intelligence community funded new awards worth $14.5 million collectively. Additional support has resulted from the Corporate Research and Development program. Sponsored Research Services is the RIT community’s information resource for externally funded projects.