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The University of Texas System is the second largest public university system in the United States, with eight academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2015 enrollment of more than 221,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas.
The UT System has an annual operating budget of $15.6 billion (FY2015) including $3.1 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With more than 90,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.
The UT System received over $1.1 billion in federal research funding in FY2015 alone. Federal dollars support work at all 14 UT System institutions in basic and applied research. Recent research highlights from across the UT System include:
- UT Arlington Physics Professor Internationally Recognized for His Work in Radiation Detector Development
- UT Austin Scientist Discovers MasSpec Pen to Identify Cancerous Tissue in Seconds
- UT Dallas Engineers Develop Energy-Harvesting Yarn
- UT El Paso Receives NSF Grant for Smart Cities Project and Encourages International Collaboration
- At UT Health, NIH Awarded Millions for Brain Research
- UT Health Northeast Partners with Texas Health Centers to Strengthen Health in East Texas
- UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Develop New Agent to Stop the Growth of Breast Cancer Tumors
- UT MD Anderson Ranked Top Cancer Hospital in the Nation
- At UT Medical Branch, Zika Vaccine Research Reveals Vaccines Use as Preventative Against Infection and Birth Defects for Fetuses
- UT Permian Basin Receives Grant to Hire Hydrology Researcher Dr. Joongyeok (Joon) Hook
- UT Rio Grande Valley Awarded Millions to Provide Healthcare to Underserved Communities
- UT San Antonio Open Cloud Institute Leaders Share Computing Expertise with World Leaders
- UT Southwestern Researchers Found Communicative Pathways Between Gut Bacteria and Circadian Clock to Promote Fat Accumulation
- UT Tyler Initiates Middle Math Matters Program to Strengthen Education in East Texas
The impact of federal research funding doesn't stop in the laboratory. According to the Texas Comptroller, every $1 in federal research funding brought to Texas has an economic impact of $5.00 statewide. In FY2014, the UT System was responsible for 830 new invention disclosures, 209 U.S. patents, 163 licenses and options, 27 start-up companies and $57 million in total gross revenue from intellectual property.
The ongoing implementation of the Framework for Advancing Excellence has contributed to such exciting developments as the authorization of a new university and school of medicine in South Texas and the creation of a fully online bachelor's degree completion program.