Research facts

$288.4 million

Research award dollars rose nearly 23.3% from FY17 to FY22

$93.5 million

NIH awards rose nearly 9% from FY17 to FY22

$242.2 million

Wayne State reported $242.2 million in research expenditures in FY22


Ranked 72nd by NSF among public research universities for total R&D expenditures in FY21

Key research areas spotlight


The Department of Oncology at Wayne State University is a unique, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer. The department works closely with the Karmanos Cancer Institute to lead the way in cancer research and treatments. The Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University is one of the leading cancer research institutes in the nation. Karmanos offers patients access to innovative treatments and clinical trials that are not available elsewhere. More than $60 million is invested each year into cancer research, offering patients the best in developing treatment options.
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Cores and facilities spotlight

Wayne Integrated Research Lab

WiRL promotes Wayne State's clinical and translational research, and supports and enhances research and implementation.
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Research that's WARRIOR STRONG