The University of Michigan, an encyclopedic survey ... Wilfred B. Shaw, editor.
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Federal Support

Revenues from federal sources became significant following World War II. A long list of federal agencies has supported instruction, research, and student-aid programs at the University for a number of years. The defense agencies were dominant supporters of research at first, then the emphasis shifted to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, specifically the Public Health Service, for instruction and research in health-related fields. In addition to reimbursements for direct project costs, the government has shared significantly in the cost of overhead for projects.

Federal contracts and grants for educational and general operations at five-year intervals are as follows:

Year Amount
1939-40 $ 14,800
1944-45 1,842,643
1949-50 3,187,844
1954-55 9,310,835
1959-60 23,026,967
1964-65 42,037,732
1969-70 60,754,154
1974-75 68,304,463
1976-77 72,499,854

The federal government has furnished funds directly for many building and major renovation projects, including the following for which significant grants were awarded:

Federal Support Percent of Total
Animal Research Facility $ 206,529 40.5
Biological Station 550,000 68.9
Buhl Research Center 306,531 54.7
Dental and Kellogg Buildings 6,198,868 32.7
Fire Service Instruction 158,615 48.9
Institute for Science and Technology 427,234 12.9
Institute for Social Research 560,168 12.3
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Federal Support Percent of Total
Kresge Research Building Addition $1,579,522 22.8
Hatcher Graduate Library 1,458,333 14.2
Matthaei Botanical Gardens 358,991 20.0
Medical Science II and Furstenberg Center 2,664,250 19.6
Mental Health Research Institute 510,361 47.5
Modern Languages Building 1,000,000 18.1
Museums Addition 1,033,000 48.8
Portage Lake Observatory 250,000 33.6
Pharmacy Building 322,000 26.0
Public Health Buildings 5,164,142 53.4
Space Research Building 1,404,605 98.2
Hospitals 3,937,303 8.7

Since 1958 the federal government has funded the major portion (90 percent) of the government student-loan program.

The over-all support from federal sources has been a very important source of financial resources for graduate programs, particularly those in the health sciences, engineering, and physical sciences. Support to a lesser extent has been received for the humanities, languages, and social sciences.