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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. 

$797 million

ASU has expanded its research enterprise more than sixfold in the past 20 years, reaching $797 million in research expenditures in FY 2022.

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: Entrepreneurship

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ASU ranks in top 5 for inventions, patents, patent deals and startups

ASU ranked in the top five across all four categories according to the Association of University Technology Managers’ latest survey of 180 reporting institutions on licensing activities at U.S. universities and research institutions.

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ASU startup DNA Biotronix wins grand prize in Skysong Innovations Startup Challenge

With $50,000 in seed investment, the startup is one step closer to developing tiny, noninvasive wearable devices to measure real-time glucose levels in sweat.

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ASU to lead USAID award to bolster leadership, entrepreneurial training for African youth

Backed by $80 million in funding — the largest USAID award in the university’s history — ASU is assembling a coalition to empower Africa’s youth with the tools, education and network to succeed.

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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.