Explore growth, rankings and impact in research and technology transfer at ASU
Advancing research excellence
One of the fastest growing research institutions in the United States, Arizona State University has expanded its research enterprise more than sixfold in the past 20 years. This rapid growth is a testament to ASU’s ability to convene transdisciplinary teams that can address complex problems and deliver solutions that benefit humanity.
ASU is one of the fastest growing research institutions in the U.S.
$797M in total
Rankings by research expenditures
Geological and earth sciences
Business management and business administration
Political science and government
Overall among institutions without a medical school
Health and Human Services (including NIH) funding among institutions without a medical school
Highlights of discovery and innovation
Scientists generate the first X-rays with the compact X-ray light source, marking a major milestone.
ASU launches Quantum Collaborative to advance discoveries and applications in quantum technology.
Researchers complete the Allen Coral Atlas, the world’s first full map of shallow water coral reefs.
ASU makes the first FDA-approved COVID-19 saliva test in the western U.S. and provides to Arizona.
ASU helps build nanorobots from DNA that can shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.
The first space instrument built entirely at ASU launches on a NASA mission to the asteroid Bennu.
A fossil discovery provides the earliest evidence of our human genus, Homo, 2.8 million years ago.
Scientists use a plant-derived treatment to successfully combat West Nile virus after infection.
Scientists invent a system that uses naturally occurring microbes to remove contaminants from water.
Phoenix becomes a living lab as one of only two NSF Long-Term Ecological Research sites in a city.
Scientists discover the first amino acids originating from outside the Earth in meteorite samples.
Ranked No. 1 in innovation for nine consecutive years, ASU is a leader in translating research into products and services for the benefit of society. In fact, the university ranks in the top ten for U.S. utility patents issued to universities worldwide in 2022. Since 2003, more than 200 companies have launched based on ASU innovations, attracting $1.2 billion in external funding.
Invention disclosures (FY 23)
U.S. patents (FY 23)
New startup companies (FY 23)
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