The University of Utah received $196 million in outside funds last fiscal year, up 17 percent from last year to mark the second-highest increase in U. history, university officials announced Monday.

A majority of the competitive funds received in fiscal year 98 benefited five colleges: nearly $72.5 million for medicine, about $10.5 million for pharmacy, $20.9 million for science, $4.7 million for mines and earth science, and about $34 million for engineering."Success in garnering funds in this program is a reflection . . . of the academic quality" at the U., Vice President for Research Richard Koehn said in presenting the figures to the U. Board of Trustees. "These dollars really translate into significant, practical applications" and impact instruction.

The university had sought $196.6 million in grants and donations. Last year, the U. received $167.6 million, $10 million above its proposals. Proposal amounts include new and competitive continuation funds and reflect budgetary proposals. Prior to May 1, proposal amounts also included supplemental and non-competing continuations and reflected just first-period budgetary amounts.

Of incoming outside funds, about $149 million was for research, $12.6 million was for instruction, nearly $8 million for clinical use and $14.1 million was for other purposes. Nearly $12 million came in for fellowships and financial aid, up from $10.7 million in the last fiscal year.

Other colleges also fared well. Education received $3.3 million in external funds, more than double last year's amount, Koehn said. Health's $2.4 million accounts for a 37 percent outside funding increase and social and behavioral science's $2 million marks a whopping 286 percent increase.

While pharmacy and science research funds remained relatively stable from last year, mines and earth sciences dipped about 20 percent, Koehn said. Engineering outside funds increased 27 percent.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute also played a major role in receiving external funds for medicine, Koehn said. Not counting the institute, outside funds for medicine rose just 3.7 percent; including the institute brings the increase to more than 25 percent, Koehn said.

Meanwhile, the state's second research university also fared well in external funds last fiscal year.

Utah State University brought in a record $107 million in research funds, up from $88 million in 1997. The previous record of $93 million was set in 1994; defense spending cuts resulted in a drop to $79 million the following year.

The new figure pushes USU into the top five land grant institutions in research dollars and first in research money per faculty member, Peter Gerity, vice president for research, said in a prepared statement.

Much of the fund increase was attributed to Geographic Information Systems research. Other gains came from a USU-led national Alzheimer's study and the university's hip fracture study.

"It is a remarkable achievement for our faculty and will undoubtedly advance our position among other Carnegie I Research Institutions," Gerity said. "These dollars give our graduate and undergraduate students more opportunities to be involved in cutting-edge research."