ASU climbs to sixth in national research rankings

Building on nearly two decades of unparalleled advancement, Arizona State University moved up to sixth out of 759 universities in the nation for total research expenditures among universities without a medical school, according to the latest National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) rankings.

Each year through the HERD survey, the NSF updates its list of where the money for research is going. It’s a way to look under the hood of the machinery of a university to see how well the engines that power research are running. ASU’s rise in the HERD survey underscores its strength in research funding — and the confidence that major agencies and others have in ASU research.

Since 2002, ASU research expenditures have grown more than fivefold, going from $123 million to nearly $640 million today. ASU placed No. 26 overall among public institutions (of 405 total) in research expenditures, and was No. 43 for all universities nationwide (of 916 total) with or without a medical school in FY19.

Federal agencies, led by NASA and including NSF, Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense have invested substantial research dollars in ASU, along with investment from businesses, nonprofits and philanthropic sources, as well as state and local grants. Read the full article on ASU News.