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By redefining the 21st-century university as a knowledge enterprise, ASU has inspired its faculty and students to lead discovery, most notably space exploration, electron microscopy, sustainability and human origins. Our interdisciplinary, solutions-focused approach to research, entrepreneurship and economic development is centered on discovery that matters and the fusion of intellectual disciplines in order to solve complex problems.
ASU is among the country's top-10 universities for total research expenditures among those institutions without a medical school, according to the NSF Higher Education Research and Development survey — ranking alongside MIT and UC Berkeley.
Over the last 10 years, ASU has emerged as the country’s fastest-growing research university among those with $100 million+ in annual research expenditures — ahead of Harvard, Yale, Duke and others.
Integrating perspectives, concepts and theories from multiple disciplines, ASU ranks No. 4 in the country for total interdisciplinary science research expenditures — ahead of Harvard, UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, among others.
Developing and advancing a variety of space exploration programs and missions, ASU is ranked 11th in the U.S. for NASA-funded research expenditures, ahead of Stanford, Georgia Tech and UCLA.
ASU ranks among the top 10 for Department of Health and Human Services funding among all U.S. institutions without a medical school, ahead of Princeton, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognizes ASU as a Research I Doctoral University, engaged in extensive research activity.
Learn more about research at ASU: stories of meaningful discovery and solutions; interdisciplinary research programs, institutes and initiatives advancing innovation; faculty and student researcher support; strategic industry partnerships boosting economic development; and more.