According to the recently published Higher Education Research and Development survey from the National Science Foundation, the University of Oklahoma ranked in the top 7.9 percentile in total research expenditures out of 915 ranked institutions nationwide for fiscal year 2020.
The HERD survey is the leading report for higher education research and development expenditures each fiscal year, providing an annual census of institutions that expended at least $150,000 for research and development in the fiscal year.
Overall research growth in FY20 for the United States increased 3.3%, the lowest annual increase since 2015. OU’s total research and development expenditures for FY20 eclipsed the nationwide average, reaching $362.2 million – a 19.7% increase from the previous fiscal year. OU now ranks No. 72 in the nation in overall research expenditures and No. 76 in research expenditures from federal funding.
“When we launched our ‘Lead On, University,’ Strategic Plan a year and a half ago, we outlined an ambitious strategy to accelerate research at OU to unprecedented levels,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “Now, because of the extraordinary ingenuity and enthusiasm of our OU research community, we are reaping the results of our unrelenting pursuit of excellence. These advancements are impressive, but they are only the beginning of what is in store for research at the University of Oklahoma.”
Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, vice president for research and partnerships for the OU Norman campus, noted the scope and significance of OU’s research growth.
“Our rankings for many of the HERD survey categories increased double digits, but what these numbers don’t convey are the real impacts of this research to society,” Díaz de la Rubia said. “From aerospace and defense technologies, to severe weather prediction, energy technology and environmental research, to advances in areas such as the life sciences and cancer research, artificial intelligence and quantum technology, to social science, public policy, the humanities and fine arts, OU research is changing lives, impacting communities and preparing the workforce of tomorrow. OU’s commitment to excellence in research and our Strategic Plan will ensure that we continue to grow both the scale and impact of our research enterprise.”