Arizona ranks among the nation’s top public research universities


The University of Arizona is once again among the nation’s top public research universities with $ 761 million in total research activity in fiscal year 2020, according to data released Monday by the National Science Foundation.

The NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey annually ranks more than 900 colleges and universities and is considered the primary source of information on research and development spending at U.S. colleges and universities. .

Arizona recorded an increase of more than $ 27 million from the FY2019 total. The university’s R&D spending ranks 20th among public institutions and 35th overall. This ranking places UArizona in the top 4% of all US universities, both public and private. The university also retained its No.1 ranking in astronomy and astrophysics spending at nearly $ 122 million, an increase of more than $ 8 million from fiscal 2019.


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“The University of Arizona takes great pride in its continued ability to develop incredible cutting-edge research initiatives,” said the President of the University of Arizona. Robert C. Robbins. “From exploring the farthest edges of our solar system to creating numerous lifesaving technologies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the University of Arizona are constantly leading the way in fundamental discovery. and generate innovative solutions to the most important challenges of our world. “

The HERD survey also ranked Arizona as the second highest school with high Hispanic enrollment. In 2018, the university received the Department of Education’s Institution Serving Hispanics designation for its success in enrolling Hispanic students.

The University of Arizona ranked fifth in the physical sciences and activities funded by NASA. UArizona led the design and development of the near infrared camera aboard the James Webb Space Telescope, which launched successfully on December 25.

In the Engineering category, Arizona rose from # 51 in FY2019 to # 47 in FY2020. In Health Sciences, Total and Federally Funded Scholarships are from $ 249 million in fiscal 2019 to $ 264 million in fiscal 2020, although spending fell due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The latest HERD data demonstrates the robustness and continued growth of our research business, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic that took hold in early 2020,” said Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, senior vice-president of research and innovation. “At the heart of this success are our professors and researchers, whose creativity and determination drive discovery and innovation, creating positive impacts and real-world knowledge for a more resilient future.”

Arizona’s top rankings fall into the following categories:

No. 1: Astronomy and astrophysics

No. 2: High Hispanic enrollment rate

No. 5: Physical science

No. 5: NASA funded activity

N ° 20: All public universities

No. 35: All universities

The University of Arizona also received Top 50 placements in the following research categories:

N ° 21: Biological and biomedical sciences

N ° 26: Expenses of the Ministry of Agriculture

No. 29: Agricultural sciences, natural resources and conservation

No. 29: Geosciences, atmospheric sciences and marine sciences

No. 32: National Science Foundation expenses

No. 35: Fields of science and engineering

No. 39: Social Sciences

No. 39: Life sciences

No. 39: Chemistry

No. 45: Computer science and information science

No. 47: Engineering

Research Highlights

Here are some examples of research from Arizona that made headlines and had a significant impact in FY2020:

UArizona tracks down coronavirus through sewage across the United States

As the coronavirus continued to spread, researchers at the University of Arizona’s Center for Sustainable Water and Energy Technology began using municipal wastewater to monitor the incidence of the virus in communities. across the United States.

X marks spot: NASA selects site for asteroid sample collection

The OSIRIS-REx mission team assessed data from four candidate sites to identify the Nightingale site as the best option for sample collection. Osprey site was named as a backup.

Researchers to study the viability of vertically growing leafy vegetables

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona is using a $ 2.7 million federal grant to study the domestic production of leafy green vegetables to improve the quality, quantity, efficiency and profitability of domestic vertical agricultural production.

UArizona Cancer Center receives grant for skin cancer prevention study

With $ 6.9 million from the National Cancer Institute, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona Cancer Center is looking for effective preventive and therapeutic strategies to reduce the risk of skin cancers other than melanoma, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.

Quantum Entanglement delivers unprecedented precision for GPS and more

Researchers at the University of Arizona are using quantum entanglement to detect radio frequencies with greater sensitivity and precision than ever before.

A third of Californian methane attributed to a few super-emitters

A researcher from Arizona led a team that identified more than 550 individual point sources emitting plumes of highly concentrated methane.

NASA funding to help students build CubeSats

Arizona researchers are using $ 3 million in funding from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunities Program to study low-gravity surface environments of asteroids and provide students with backgrounds under-represented the possibility of designing, building and operating CubeSats, or miniature satellites.

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