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Rising Research

The University of Dayton set another research record in fiscal year 2017 and rose in the latest National Science Foundation rankings for fiscal year 2016 higher education research expenditures. UD ranks in the top 25 of all U.S. colleges and universities in eight categories, including second place for the amount of sponsored materials engineering research and development.

The University performed $135.9 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2017, eclipsing the previous record of $117.6 million set in fiscal year 2016.

"Our research reputation and profile continues to grow thanks to many dedicated researchers in our Research Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Health Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Business Administration and School of Law working to explain and solve the world's problems to advance the common good," said UD President Eric F. Spina.

Here are other highlights from the NSF fiscal year 2016 report based on the University's $117.6 million figure. The NSF typically releases its higher education expenditures report 18 months after the close of a fiscal year.

  • The University reclaimed the top spot for federally sponsored materials engineering research.
  • The biggest climbs were to 10th from 17th in federally sponsored engineering research and to 23rd from 30th in all sponsored engineering research.
  • In Ohio, UD ranks No. 1 among all colleges and universities for all sponsored materials engineering research and development, federally sponsored engineering research and development, and Department of Defense research and development.
  • Among the nation's Catholic universities, UD maintained its first-place rankings for all sponsored engineering research and development and all sponsored materials engineering research and development.
  • UD ranks eighth in total research expenditures among private four-year U.S. universities that do not perform medical research.

More University of Dayton research highlights can be found via the related article.

The University of Dayton Research Institute employs approximately 550 full-time and part-time, benefits-eligible professional researchers, technicians and administrative staff. Nearly 100 faculty and 300 students also engage in sponsored research.


News and Communications Staff