Officials at the University of Iowa says the amount of grants and contracts for research, education and service dipped a little during fiscal 2004 from last year’s record total.U-of-I interim vice president for research Bill Decker. He says in the fiscal year that just ended, they secured almost 334-million dollars in funding. Decker says this is not money that can be used to offset cuts to the university’s general fund. He says all of the dollars are awarded for specific proposals and must be used to support that activity. The total for fiscal 2004 was a five-point-four percent decrease from 2003. Decker says over the past three years alone, the U-of-I has attracted more than one billion dollars in external support.