BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University officials say the school has set a record for spending on research.

Officials say the school spent $112.3 million in the past year, an increase of $10 million from the year before.

MSU President Waded Cruzado tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that the record means the school has increased its competitiveness.

Researchers at the school study such things as fuel cells, brucellosis vaccines for bison, human infectious diseases and crop pests.

Last year for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Bozeman campus spent $102.7 million, a drop from the previous record of $109.5 million.