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Research and innovation at ASU

The ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, economic development and international development.

Revolutionizing the
research enterprise

As the human population grows and globalizes, so do the challenges we face — from pandemics to political unrest, supply chains to climate change. Solving these challenges demands the creativity and commitment of many minds with diverse expertise and backgrounds. Arizona State University connects those minds in an ecosystem where creative ideas thrive. We believe a research university is a knowledge enterprise — our business is creating and sharing new knowledge to provide value to our communities. This belief fuels everything we do.

Academic silos no longer serve. At ASU, we have reshaped the very structure of the university, centering our academic units and research institutes around grand challenges. We have woven an entrepreneurial mindset into the fabric of our institution, empowering our students, faculty and staff to test and launch their innovative ideas. We build the right teams to accomplish our goals, regardless of disciplinary or organizational boundaries. Together with our partners from industry, nonprofits, government and academia, we have undertaken an audacious mission — assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve.



Be a part of ASU research

We invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, businesses and community members to join us in advancing discovery and innovation.

Featured research

ASU and the community unite against a pandemic

As the novel coronavirus spread across the U.S., ASU’s Biodesign Institute rapidly pivoted to create a CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing lab in a mere two weeks. The team developed the state’s first saliva-based test and used a robotic system to run thousands of tests per day during the height of the pandemic for ASU, the public and organizations across the state.

Learn more      ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Lab

Research growth and impact

ASU is one of the fastest-growing research enterprises in the United States, more than doubling its research expenditures over the last 10 years. The university continually climbs in rankings from the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and development (HERD) Survey, which measures research expenditures across disciplines and funding sources. ASU currently ranks #6 in the U.S. for total research expenditures among institutions without a medical school. Additionally, ASU is a leader in bringing innovations to market, ranking #11 among universities worldwide for U.S. patents issued.


$673M in research expenditures in FY 2020


#1 for transdisciplinary research expenditures (NSF HERD Survey 2019)


#1 for anthropology research expenditures (NSF HERD Survey 2019)


#1 for geological and earth science expenditures (NSF HERD Survey 2019)



Leading the new space race

ASU NewSpace partners with the commercial space industry to create new opportunities for exploring our universe and educating the next generation of space scientists.

Solving “wicked problems”

The Global Security Initiative develops practical approaches and decision-oriented tools to address complex security threats, from cyberattacks to disinformation and more.

Empowering entrepreneurs

The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute connects you to the information, resources and people you need to turn your big ideas into reality.