Wayne State University

Wayne State University Research Facts

  • Wayne State University's research portfolio has grown markedly since 2013 as reflected in research funding. There has been an increase by 27% in federal research awards since 2013, and a 6% increase in NSF research expenditures. Wayne State's research expenditures for $2016, the most recent year that NSF rankings are available for, was $221,537,000 with the university ranked 69th among public research institutions.
  • WSU is a member of the University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan's three largest research institutions that includes the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. The Corridor's objective is to revitalize Michigan's economy by transferring faculty discoveries to the marketplace, educating a skilled work force, and attracting talent to the state. Together, URC universities generate 95% of research in Michigan.
  • WSU has the highest levels of accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc., and assurances through the Office for Protection of Research Risks at the National Institutes of Health and through other national and local agencies.
  • WSU is home to the Perinatalogy Research Branch (PRB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the few intramural branches located outside NIH's main campus in Maryland. The received its second 10-year contract in 2013. The $165.9 million awarded to support the branch is WSU's largest research contract.  The branch specializes in research to develop novel diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive strategies to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, infant mortality and disability, and provides research training for health care professionals working to improve the health of mothers and their children.
  • WSU was one of only two universities in the nation to receive the National Institutes of Health's highly competitive BEST and BUILD grants, both of which will help develop programs geared toward preparing students for their future careers. 
    • The $1.8 millin Broadening Experience in Scientific Training program — or BEST — is establishing enhanced training opportunities to prepare graduate students for careers outside of traditional academic roles.
    • The $21.2 millin Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity program — known as REBUILD Detroit — is a consortium of Detroit colleges — including Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy,  and Marygrve College — that aims to create a program that will encourage more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.
  • WSU's Institute of Environmental Health Sciences received a $7.5 million NIH Center grant renewal in 2017 for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors. The center is aimed at developing a cleaner, healthier environment in Detroit by studying how exposures to stressors that are prevalent in the urban industrialized environment – both chemical and non-chemical – impact human health in Detroit and beyond.  It is one of approximately 20 select P30 Core Centers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH.
  • The Institute of Gerontology at WSU, along with the University of Michigan, successfully renewed the Michigan Center for Urban African Aging Research (MCUAAAR) grant, a collaborative research effort funded by the National Institute on Aging.  It is one of six centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults.
  •  Other WSU programs related to health care include the School of Medicine, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, as well as research and clinical care affiliations and a strong partnership with the Henry Ford Hospital System. Wayne State is also home to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute – one of 41 nationwide NCI-designated comprehensive cancer institutes; the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and the Children's Research Institute of Michigan, which supports a top-20 NIH-funded pediatric program in the only freestanding children's hospital in Michigan.
  • WSU has a number of core research facilities available to scientists within the WSU community. This includes facilities in analytical chemistry, biocomputing, biostatistics, cell culture, clinical genetics, confocal microscopy, engineering technology, flow cytometry, genomics, imaging, metabolomics, proteomics, tissue biorepository, toxicology, and more.
  • The university offers a number of internal funding programs to assist faculty researchers in achieving success in obtaining external funding to conduct research, create scholarship, and perform creatively.
  • WSU offers a mentoring seminar series, the Research and Academic Development Seminar Series, to jumpstart faculty, post-doc and student careers.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research hosts a number of special interest seminars and groups including Nano@Wayne, Sustainability@Wayne, Water@Wayne, SciComp@Wayne, Lipids@Wayne and RoBUST@Wayne – a group that aims to be an international leader in the interdisciplinary field of urban biobehavioral health and transform the research and educational enterprise of the University by building an innovative, effective, and sustainable model of team science.; grant writing seminars; NIH guest speakers; and more.
  • Sponsored Program Administration provides WSU's faculty, staff and students with the resources to facilitate submission of proposals and administration of sponsored programs, private grants and gifts awarded to faculty.
  • The Technology Commercialization Office aids faculty with the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property to industry. They also leverage Wayne State innovations to create early-stage technology companies by offering assistance to faculty and others to launch successful technology businesses, and locate funding sources, qualified management, and facilities for company operations.
  • The Office of Research Compliance oversees all areas of research compliance, including research with humans, animals, rDNA, radiation safety and chemical safety. The office prepares researchers to meet federal compliance regulations through the presentation of university-wide and department-based workshops related to research compliance.