UC Irvine researchers received $134,622,587 in award funding during the first half of fiscal year 2007-08, a 25.4 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. In addition to having more investigators submitting more proposals that led to more awards, Christina Hansen, associate vice chancellor for research, attributes the gain to faculty efforts to develop competitive, innovative programs featuring larger, interdisciplinary research teams. Highlighting the 1,173 awards are a $26 million grant from the NIH for the National Children’s Study and a $14.5 million NIH award over five years to support the Center for Complex Biological Systems (center director Arthur Lander pictured). UCI also received $12 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for the campus’s growing stem cell research effort.