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Igniting Our Pursuits

From advocating for human rights to sending aircraft higher and farther, UD is where the future takes form.

Whether we're creating a computer chip that can teach itself or helping to power the Mars 2020 rover, we work in the space between inspiration and impact — and bring great ideas to life.

Here, it's about more than innovation for the sake of discovery. It's about developing solutions to help others. By bringing together graduate and undergraduate students with our renowned faculty and researchers, we continue to pave the way to a better world.

Research Rankings

No. 1

in the nation for materials R&D

No. 1

Catholic university for engineering R&D

$170 million

in annual sponsored research last year


Our Momentum Moves the World

At UD, our solutions have a real impact on society.

Research and Collaboration

UD Research Institute

At this moment, UDRI is engaged in hundreds of complex experiments, tests, prototypes and more. But our goal is simple: to turn our research expertise into solutions for tomorrow's problems.


Office for Research

The Office for Research brings together faculty with the staff of UDRI in pursuit of world-changing research and development, while expanding entrepreneurship on campus.

Office for Research


Whether on the local or international level, our partnerships further innovation, spur economic growth and extend our ability to help people everywhere.


Centers and Institutes

More than 40 centers and institutes work to cross disciplines, improve communities and change the world.

Centers and Institutes

Research Stories

  • Beauty Isn't Always Better
  • Autonomous Drones
  • ADHD Research
  • Beauty Isn't Always Better

    Recent research by Chun Zhang, assistant professor of marketing, and her colleagues shows how attractive employees can rub some customers the wrong way.

    Read More About Dr. Zhang's Research

    How Do Autonomous Systems "See"?

    Autonomous systems need to be able to make decisions based on what they encounter in their environment. In this 90-Second Lecture, Dr. Vijayan Asari explains how autonomous systems see and process visual data to interpret a scene. Recent research by Dr. Asari focuses on how technology on autonomous drones can emulate the human eye – and save lives as a result.

    Read More About Dr. Asari's Research

    Unlocking Mysteries

    As a neuropsychopharmacologist and assistant professor of biology, Pothitos “Takis” Pitychoutis is interested in how drugs affect the brain and behavior. His lab identified a novel calcium-handling protein in the brain that could play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as in autism and schizophrenia.

    Read More About Dr. Pitychoutis' Research

    NSF Research Rankings

    No. 1

    in Ohio for federally sponsored engineering R&D

    No. 1

    in Ohio for sponsored industrial and manufacturing R&D

    No. 1

    Catholic university for sponsored physical STEM R&D

    No. 3

    Catholic university for sponsored R&D in all categories

    No. 6

    in the nation for sponsored industrial and manufacturing R&D

    No. 7

    in the nation for federally sponsored engineering R&D