BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU says it has received a “record-breaking” $324 million to fund research in multiple departments.

The $324.22 million in grants and contracts is estimated to generate about $943 million in state economic impact, according to the university.

“LSU has renowned scholars in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and professional schools across the state who aspire to the highest levels of achievement such as attaining another record-breaking year in research funding. Through the Scholarship First Agenda and its five focal areas of the pentagon – agriculture, biomedicine, coast, cyber defense and energy – this remarkable growth trajectory continues with our commitment to excellence in research and scholarship for the state,” said William F. Tate IV, LSU president.  

LSU said the millions in funding will go to agricultural pest management research, biomedicine and cancer research, advancing STEM programs, and renewable energy research.