Research: Overview

Penn State has seen a steady upward trend in the University’s total R&D expenditures — an increase of 48 percent over the past decade, and a solid indication that our faculty are successfully proposing path-breaking research and development initiatives to federal, state, and private-sector sponsors. Penn State's total research expenditures for FY 2012 totalled $808 million.

In the subcategory of federal dollars in support of research, the trend is even more dramatic:
$507 million in federal support in fiscal 2012, an increase of 80 percent in the last ten years.

Industry-sponsored funding increased to $110 million in fiscal 2012. That the University continues to experience increases in both federal and private-sector funding reflects Penn State’s ability to compete with our peers in attracting research support, and the enviable reputation that the University has earned among various funding sources.

View the Annual Report of Research Activity