The University of Louisville (UofL) has launched a fundraising campaign to match a $10 million state investment, which will go towards adding endowed faculty positions and advancing university research.
This campaign with Bucks-for-Brains – a program that matches private donations going to Kentucky universities with state dollars, effectively doubling the support of private investment into research – will fund UofL’s efforts to hire faculty in fields such as inflammation and microbiome; bioinformatics; medical informatics; immunogenomics; pandemic preparedness; nutrition and health; improved health outcomes; cybersecurity; energy storage; and nano-enabled medicine and healthcare.
“Since its inception, the Bucks-for-Brains program has been invaluable in supporting the university’s efforts to recruit and retain exceptional talent and, in turn, accelerate economic development,” said UofL President Dr. Kim Schatzel. “With this new funding, combined with private donations, we hope to expand this effort, drawing even more world-class faculty to UofL and to Kentucky.”
In the 2021 fiscal year, UofL’s Bucks-for-Brains endowed researchers’ work created 946 jobs and contributed $169 million to the Kentucky economy.
“These researchers’ important work, supported by the Bucks for Brains program, improves our world in a very real way,” said Kevin Gardner, UofL’s executive vice president for research and innovation. “Their work creates new products, companies, a trained workforce and jobs. Their work shows that the university, and its home state, take a leadership role in bringing those big ideas to life.”