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About ASU research

ASU is a comprehensive knowledge enterprise, a new model for the 21st century research university. Our unique approach to research is:

  • Transdisciplinary. Our researchers tear down the walls between traditional disciplines in order to address some of the most complex challenges facing our world.
  • Use-inspired. ASU researchers strive to make a positive impact, whether it’s through educating a growing and diverse population at scale, producing reliable and sustainable energy, or developing new materials for tomorrow’s technologies, among other efforts.
  • Agile. ASU’s size does not hinder its speed. Our ability to identify and respond to new challenges quickly and nimbly means we collaborate easily with industry, international development organizations and other partners.

This approach has made ASU the fastest-growing research institution in the United States. Since 2002, our annual research expenditures have more than quadrupled to $518 million. Learn more about our growth and rankings.

We are also strategically expanding our capacity in a few key areas, based on existing strengths and societal need. Learn more about our research growth areas.

About Knowledge Enterprise Development 

ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, economic development and international development. Creating new knowledge through research is just the beginning. We are successfully bringing our ideas and inventions into the marketplace and using them for the benefit of society. 

Learn more about Knowledge Enterprise Development.

Learn more about how we support our faculty, students and staff, from idea to impact. 

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Economic Impact

fact sheet | 70kb | PDF

Legacy of Discovery

brochure | 4kb | PDF

2016 Year in Review

brochure | 1.8mb | PDF