Expert Research Based in Collaboration

From stopping the spread of malaria to developing farming practices that protect the water quality in the Chesapeake watershed, Penn State’s interdisciplinary researchers solve problems that impact the world. Twelve disciplines—from psychology to atmospheric science and materials engineering—rank nationally in the top ten for research expenditures.

Top 30

U.S. research university.


In annual research expenditures.

1 of 3

Institutions in the nation accorded Land Grant, Sea Grant, Sun Grant, and Space Grant status.

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Collaborating Across Disciplines

Penn State researchers believe the best ideas and solutions come from including a multitude of perspectives. The University’s interdisciplinary institutes promote collaboration across departmental boundaries to focus research strengths on vital scientific questions and pressing societal needs.

Interdisciplinary Research Institutes
Undergraduate Research

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Facilitating New Discoveries

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research supports the University’s research enterprise by enhancing the environment for exploration, encouraging the highest standards of quality, and fostering ethical conduct in research.

Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
Research Support

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Fostering Industry Partnerships and Entrepreneurship

Through collaboration with industrial, educational, governmental, and agricultural partners, Penn State researchers study issues that are valuable to society. To further fuel the economy, the Invent Penn State initiative provides resources and opportunities to collaborate, innovate, invest, or grow a business.

Business and Industry
Invent Penn State
Corporate Engagement Center

One Community Impacting Many

Designing Sustainable Homes on Mars and Earth