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President Stanley: Funding for Young Researchers is Critical

Stony Brook, NY, September 16, 2016 In a new video produced by The Science Coalition for its Science 2034 video series, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, addresses the importance of creating new opportunities and additional funding for young scientific investigators, a critical step to pave the way for future scientific breakthroughs. The Science Coalition is an organization made up of 60 major research universities nationwide.

Bringing this call to action to national research policy leadership, Dr. Stanley emphasizes the “extraordinary paradox, where opportunities and tools have never been more powerful, but the outlook for aspiring researchers is very concerning.” He also addresses some solutions to the problem, including the idea of systematic changes in how grants are evaluated, building faculty mentorship, and creating new incentive programs, such as Stony Brook University’s Discovery Prize, an example of Stony Brook's commitment to funding and supporting new faculty who have ideas for high risk high reward projects.

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Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide.  It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.