The University of Louisville (UofL) has launched a fundraising campaign to match a $10 million state investment that will go toward adding endowed faculty positions and advancing university research.
This campaign with Bucks-for-Brains—a program that matches private donations to Kentucky universities with state dollars, effectively doubling support for private investment in research—will fund UofL’s efforts to hire faculty in fields such as inflammation and the microbiome; bioinformatics; medical informatics; immunogenomics; pandemic preparedness; nutrition and health; improved health outcomes; cyber security; energy storage; and nanotechnology-enabled medicine and healthcare.
“Since its inception, the Bucks-for-Brains program has been invaluable in supporting the University’s efforts to attract 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 these efforts and attract even more top professors to UofL and Kentucky.”
In fiscal year 2021, Bucks-for-Brains UofL provided 946 researcher jobs and contributed $169 million to the Kentucky economy.
“The important work of these researchers, supported by the Bucks for Brains program, is improving our world in very real ways,” 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 are taking the lead in bringing these big ideas to life.”