Our impact

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
research expenditures

FY 11 $355.2M

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FY 12 $386M

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FY 13 $405M

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FY 14 $426.7M

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FY 15 $458.4M

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FY 16 $518.2M

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FY 17 $545M

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FY 18 $617.7M

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FY 19 $640M

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FY 20 $673M

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FY 21 $677.3M

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FY 22 $797M

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Rankings by research expenditures

#1

Anthropology

#1

Transdisciplinary research

#2

Education

#2

Business management and business administration

#2

Non-science and engineering

#3

Geological and earth sciences

#3

Social sciences

#5

Overall among institutions without a medical school

#8

Health and Human Services (including NIH) funding among institutions without a medical school

Data from the NSF HERD Survey, reflecting FY 2022 expenditures.

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#1 for global impact

ASU ranks No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 6 in the world for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, according to Times Higher Education.

Highlights of discovery and innovation

First X-rays for laser

Scientists generate the first X-rays with the compact X-ray light source, marking a major milestone.

February 2, 2023

Quantum boost

ASU launches Quantum Collaborative to advance discoveries and applications in quantum technology.

November 1, 2022

Complete coral map

Researchers complete the Allen Coral Atlas, the world’s first full map of shallow water coral reefs.

September 8, 2021

Combating COVID-19

ASU makes the first FDA-approved COVID-19 saliva test in the western U.S. and provides to Arizona.

July 9, 2020

Tiny tumor fighters

ASU helps build nanorobots from DNA that can shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

February 12, 2018

OTES sendoff

The first space instrument built entirely at ASU launches on a NASA mission to the asteroid Bennu.

September 8, 2016

Humans debut

A fossil discovery provides the earliest evidence of our human genus, Homo, 2.8 million years ago.

March 4, 2015

West Nile therapeutic

Scientists use a plant-derived treatment to successfully combat West Nile virus after infection.

February 1, 2010

Microbes clean our water

Scientists invent a system that uses naturally occurring microbes to remove contaminants from water.

February 27, 2008

Phoenix as a laboratory

Phoenix becomes a living lab as one of only two NSF Long-Term Ecological Research sites in a city.

June 19, 1997

Materials for life

Scientists discover the first amino acids originating from outside the Earth in meteorite samples.

1983

Solar gets its start

The same year the solar cell was invented, ASU houses the Association for Applied Solar Energy.

April 25, 1954

Technology transfer

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.

Learn about ASU’s impact on the Arizona economy


Invention disclosures (FY 23)


U.S. patents (FY 23)


New startup companies (FY 23)

ASU excellence

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