The fastest-growing research enterprise in the United States

Research and innovation

Building on a legacy of excellence, ASU has rapidly enriched its research enterprise. In just 10 years, the university has nearly quadrupled its research funding and is recognized as the fastest-growing research enterprise in the United States (NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey, 2016).

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.

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#10 in U.S.

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.

ASU’s research expenditure increases from 2008 to 2015

Fastest-growing research university

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.

Hyperloop - Brake systems team lead Quoc Lam talks with his team about various options during a Friday evening session, Jan. 20, 2017

#4 in U.S.

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.

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#11 in U.S.

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.

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#10 in U.S.

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.

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Research I status

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.