Utah State University’s research funding reached a new record high during the 2021 fiscal year, with researchers receiving awards totaling $368.5 million. This growth represents a 26 percent increase from last year.
Faculty researchers at Utah State University are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise. USU is home to more than 50 research programs, centers, and facilities such as ASPIRE, the Utah Water Research Lab, and the Digital Folklore Project.
Each year, more than 1,000 students engage in undergraduate research with institutional support and over 500 share their research at USU events. With one of the country's top undergraduate research programs, USU is constantly evolving to improve inclusion and excellence of our award-winning student opportunities.
USU researchers are innovators, with 51 newly disclosed inventions in 2020, 19 of them by faculty filing for the very first time. USU has received 80 patents in the last five years, continuing a long line of faculty innovations.
Growth, recreation, water, agriculture, and air quality—these are core values and key struggles for Utah. More than USU 140 faculty are addressing these issues. USU shares this research with our community through the Institute for Land, Water and Air and the Research Landscapes initiative.
More than 50 USU researchers investigate health and well-being, making USU a Utah authority on wellness. In partnership with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, USU researchers share their findings for living well at Blue Plate Research events.
In 1959, Utah State University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory started a meteoric rise as a leader in aerospace research and innovation. In that time, USU and SDL have sent more than 430 experiments into space, many of them by students, and achieved space-grant university status.