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. Fifteen disciplines—from psychology to atmospheric science and materials engineering—rank nationally in the top ten for research expenditures. (Only one other major research university—Johns Hopkins—shares this distinction.)

Top 25

U.S. research university


In annual research expenditures

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

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Coronavirus Info for Penn State Researchers

Penn State researchers can find information and updates about the novel coronavirus situation pertaining to research labs, research-related travel, grants, contracts, and more from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. Up-to-date information on the University's response to the global coronavirus pandemic can be found on Penn State's Coronavirus Information website.

Coronavirus Information for Researchers

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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

From the SVP for Research

Building a top research enterprise: Rising to the challenge