Varma has received about 12 million dollars of total research funding,
of which he is directly responsible for about 11 million dollars. He
has received funding from a variety of sources including federal
agencies, state agencies, structural steel industry, concrete research
foundations, and power industry.
The federal agencies include: (i) the National Science Foundation
(NSF), (ii) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
through the U.S. Department of Commerce, (iii) the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE), (iv) the National Academy of Sciences through the
National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
The state agencies include the: (i) Michigan Department of
Transportation (MDOT), (ii) Indiana Department of Transportation
(INDOT), and (iii) Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
The steel industry sources include: (i) the American Institute of Steel
Construction (AISC), (ii) the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI),
(iii) Consolidated Systems, Inc. (iv) HDR Inc., and (v) Hardesty and
Hanover, Inc. The concrete research foundations include the Charles
The power industry sources include: (i) Bechtel Power, (ii)
Westinghouse Electric Company, (iii) URS (now AECOM), (iv) Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries from Japan, and (v) Korea Hydro Nuclear Power from S.
Prof. Varma has received research funding from federal regulatory
agencies including: (i) US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and
(ii) the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).