Danforth Center Projected to Exceed 2008 Grants and Contracts Forecast by $1.3 Million

Center Is Also a Leader in Keeping Overhead Costs Low

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 9 (Science Center News) — While the New Year is only nine days old, 2008 is shaping up to be a successful year for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, as the grant and contract funding for support of Center scientists is projected to exceed forecasted goals by 15 percent or $1.3 million. The Center receives grants and contracts from federal and state research agencies, private sector companies, and foundations and individuals.

“The fact that we are projected to exceed the 2008 grant and contract goals established in 2004 by a substantial percentage is a clear indication that granting agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and others are confident of the capabilities and high-quality research of the Danforth Center,” said Danforth Center President Dr. Roger N. Beachy. “When the grant and contract goals were established with the Board of Trustees in 2004, I thought the goals were ambitious, so exceeding the 2008 goal by 15 percent is very promising for future research at the Center. I am proud of our scientists, and their commitment to excellence.”

Scientists at the Danforth Center receive more than half of their funding from federal agencies via competitive grant programs, with the rest of the funding coming from private companies and foundations. In addition to the USDA and the NSF, other federal granting agencies that fund research at the Center include the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

       The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are among the private granting organizations that support research at the Danforth Center. The list of private sector companies that support research at the Center includes Monsanto Company, Bayer CropScience, and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Association. The Center also receives funding from the Frito Lay Company and Abbott Laboratories, as these and other companies look to plant science research to improve their consumer and pharmaceutical products.

       “I am proud of the success of our scientists in raising the funds for their research. I am likewise pleased to report that for the fifth year in a row the Danforth Center ranks among the top tier of peer institutions in controlling administrative and operational costs,” explained Danforth Center Chief Operating Officer Sam J. Fiorello. “Being good stewards of the grants and donations that we receive is very important to our administrative team. More than eighty cents of each dollar spent at the Danforth Center directly supports research activities at the Center.”

       The Scripps Research Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, and the Salk Institute are the peer organizations against which the Danforth Center’s overhead efficiencies are annually compared.

       About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

       Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a global vision to improve the human condition. Research at the Danforth Center will enhance the nutritional content of plants to improve human health, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, and build scientific capacity to generate economic growth in the St. Louis region and throughout Missouri.

       Please visit http://www.danforthcenter.org for additional information. – – – –

       CONTACT: Robert H. Rose, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Public Relations and Government Affairs, 314-587-1231 or cell 314-803-3460


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