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Knowledge Enterprise

Advancing research, innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships at ASU

We are changing the way the world solves problems.

Driving discovery, innovation and solutions

Knowledge Enterprise is the engine that drives discovery and innovation at Arizona State University, one of the fastest growing research institutions in the U.S. We empower researchers, forge partnerships, invest in our communities and pioneer interdisciplinary thinking. Our goal is not simply to find solutions, but to fundamentally reshape how the world solves problems.



Our impact

Arizona State University is a global leader in interdisciplinary research, discovery and development. Our rapid growth and top rankings demonstrate our success at delivering new knowledge and solutions that support thriving people, a thriving planet and thriving societies.

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2023 year in review

ASU researchers are partnering with NASA to explore a metal-rich asteroid, establishing a testbed to advance our nations’ domestic microelectronics production, and are on the cusp of launching a new medical school to improve the health of all Arizonans. 

$905.7 million

ASU has expanded its research enterprise more than sixfold in the past 20 years, reaching $905.7 million in research expenditures in FY 2023.

200+ companies

More than 200 companies have launched based on ASU innovations, attracting $1.2 billion in external funding.

#1 in innovation

For the ninth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named ASU the most innovative school in the U.S. in its 2024 college rankings, ahead of MIT and Stanford.

Spotlight: Mothers

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Research of wild primate shows maternal effects key to gut microbial development

Gut bacteria are transmitted through milk, giving mothers a direct impact on the mix of bacteria their offspring harbor and a potential pathway to influence their infant’s health. A study of wild geladas provides the first evidence of clear and significant maternal effects on the gut microbiome both before and after weaning in a wild mammal.

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ASU anthropologist heralded for exploring the science and social justice of mother’s milk

ASU anthropologist Katie Hinde sees milk as more than food. It is also personalized medicine and a carrier of information that affects immunity, brain function and metabolism. Her study of global milk samples will enhance precision nourishment for the most fragile infants and children in neonatal and pediatric intensive-care units.

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Fetal cells influence mom’s health during pregnancy — and long after

Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother’s body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health. The presence of fetal cells in maternal tissue is known as fetal microchimerism.

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Accelerate your research

Whether you need help finding funding opportunities, crafting a proposal or commercializing your discoveries — ASU supports researchers through the entire research cycle.

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Partner with us

We can accomplish more together. Find out how you can create customized partnerships with ASU that help your organization thrive.

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Gain career experience

Students are vital to our ecosystem of research, entrepreneurship and innovation. Find opportunities to apply your coursework to hands-on projects and real-world challenges.

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Support discovery

Philanthropy plays an important role in creating knowledge, pioneering discovery and catalyzing innovation. Learn how your gift can advance our work.

Be a part of ASU Knowledge Enterprise

Advance your career while making a difference. Knowledge Enterprise employees support research and innovation that benefits our communities and our world. And they enjoy generous and broad benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, tuition reduction and much more.