Research facts


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

$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

Key research areas spotlight

Fundamental Sciences

Wayne State has a long tradition of excellence in fundamental sciences research. From developing an understanding of nanomaterials to advance technologies such as information storage, sensors energy conversion and more, to studying fundamental particles in detail to understand the universe at a fundamental level, our faculty are engaged in research that will improve scientific theories and fuel future innovations.
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Cores and facilities spotlight

Protein/Molecular Structural Analysis

Wayne States protein and molecular structural analysis capabilities, x-ray crystallography services, a small analytical instruments core and more.
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Research that's WARRIOR STRONG