Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)


FY16 Georgia State University Awards and Expenditures

  • Georgia State is ranked among the nation’s top 108 public and private universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Very High Research Activity;
  • Annual research awards of just over $121.8 million were received in fiscal year 2016, marking the second year in a row the university has exceeded the $100 million milestone.
  • Georgia State’s research funding has grown by nearly $40 million in the past two years.
  • Federal sponsorship accounts for 78% of total research volume, a 30% increase from last year;
    • Increases of 235% from the U.S. Department of Education, 18% from the National Science Foundation and 11% from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Georgia State also started two new university-level research centers—the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine—dedicated to health and medicine.
    • Researchers in the centers have already secured more than $55 million in external research funding.


FY16 Georgia State University Research Breakthroughs

  • Chemistry Researchers Unveil New, Detailed Images of Initial Stages of DNA Transcription (read more);
  • Body Tightly Controls Inflammatory Response to Pathogens, Researchers Find (read more);
  • New Class of Protein Could Treat Cancer and Other Diseases, Researchers Find (read more);
  • ‘Starspot’ Images that Give Insight into Early Sun Captured by University’s CHARA Telescope Array (read more);
  • Technique to More Effectively Diagnose and Treat Cancer Developed by Georgia State Researchers (read more);
  • Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental Influences, Study Discovers (read more);
  • No Genetic Link Between Smaller Subcortical Brain Volumes and Risk for Schizophrenia, Researchers Find (read more);
  • Study Paves Way for New Therapies in Fight Against Calcium Disorders (read more);
  • Minimally Invasive Screening Using Infrared Technology Could Offer Fast, Simple Test for Colitis (read more);
  • Nanoparticles Show Promise for Treating Intestinal Inflammation, Biomedical Research Study Finds (read more);
  • Enzyme Involved in Glucose Metabolism Promotes Wound Healing, Study Finds (read more);
  • Researchers Identify Way Radiation May Fight Cancer Cells Escaping Immune System (read more);
  • New Biomarkers May Influence Drug Design and Alternative Treatments of Cancer, Study Shows (read more); and
  • New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection, Study Finds (read more).

Georgia State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Georgia State is Metro Atlanta’s bioscience incubator, driving entrepreneurship and economic initiatives from invention to venture;
  • Record number of issued patents and new technology disclosures; and
  • Ramped up efforts to inspire and promote student entrepreneurship.

Georgia State University Student Entrepreneurship

  • Academic Programs (Minors, Concentrations, Certificates, Workshops)
    • Entrepreneurship minor (launched this semester) is the first of its kind offered at a Georgia research university and is open to all eligible students.
  • Discover Resources (In-House Incubation, e-House and Freshman Learning, External Liaisons)
    • CollabTech Business Incubator offers the ability to work collaboratively with world-class researchers and notable Fortune 500 companies.
  • Events and Activities (Tours, Clinics, Lectures, Competitions and Hack-a-Thons)
    • Doctoral student Berkley Baker was awarded $20,000 by Georgia State University (Business) to further his software to improve the use and efficiency of robots used in surgery.
    • Entrepreneurship Day at Georgia State is a free event held in the spring and an opportunity to hear speakers, network with other student entrepreneurs and take part in panel discussions featuring experts in several fields.

i6 Challenge Grant

  • Funded by the U.S. Commerce Department, NIH and NSF, Georgia State University and Georgia Tech are developing innovation-led economic development activities in several underserved areas in Georgia;
  • This grant will provide the opportunity to:
    • Foster the growth of startup ecosystems at Georgia State and the four private, Historically Black Colleges and University members of the Atlanta University Center in collaboration with Startup Atlanta; and
    • Develop startup ecosystems in two small cities located in economically distressed counties within Georgia (Athens and Augusta).
  • Georgia State is collaborating with Georgia Tech to introduce best practices focused on the development of:
    • Student startup curriculum and clubs;
    • Faculty commercialization programs; and
    • Accelerators.
  • Georgia State will work with and engage the disadvantaged population of Metro Atlanta in the entrepreneurial process.


  • Georgia State is home to one of few bio-safety level 4 (BSL-4) labs in a university setting. This lab:
    • Provides a global resource funded by National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources; and
    • Expands the research footprint in the infectious disease space.
  • Georgia State is a member of the MetroLab Network:
    • A White House supported, multi-disciplinary research and educational initiative; and
    • Researches, designs, develops and evaluates solutions to challenges affecting the economy and quality of life in metropolitan areas.