The University of Rochester has been a pioneer in fields as diverse as geology, optics, medicine, economics, political theory, and human behavior.
Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center — famous for its role in developing three vaccines now used worldwide — is a $232 million enterprise involving thousands of scientists, and more than 1,100 individual clinical research projects.
Tools like these are crucial assets for faculty and student research.
Rochester's historic tradition as a center of manufacturing excellence, especially in optics and photonics, has helped it transition to a knowledge-based economy. And as the city's leading employer, the University has been a key catalyst.
212 inventors from 51 University departments and units filed invention disclosures in fiscal year 2012. When measured against its peers, the University of Rochester is one of the most productive institutions in the nation in terms of royalty generation.
Research Strategic Plan 2013-2018
"The committee identified four broad areas of research synergy across the University: Data Science, Research Foundations for a Healthier Society, Light and Sound, and Energy and the Environment. In addition, we identified an emerging emphasis on community engagement and the translation of research discoveries into practical benefits for society."
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Big Data at the University of Rochester
Data science is a defining discipline of the 21st century, and the top priority in the 2013-2018 research strategic plan.
Research By the Numbers
Student-to-faculty ratio provides a highly collegial research environment
In federally financed research and development expenditures to academic institutions (National Institutes of Health, 2011)
Among U.S. institutions for relative citation impact.
Research funding received in FY2014
Best place in the world for scientists to work (The Scientist magazine, 2012)
Percentage of undergraduate students within Arts, Sciences & Engineering who engage in research
FY 2014 Research Profile
Proposals submitted: 1,920
Sponsored research expenditures: $344 million
Invention disclosures: 155, from 250 inventors in 48 departments with 51 collaborators from 28 outside institutions
Copyright registrations: 15
Patents: 69 granted, covering 64 different technologies
Licensing agreements: 31 new agreements
Licensing revenue: $25.6 million