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Georgia State among nation’s leading major research universities

Georgia State University ranks among the nation’s top 115 public and private universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Research Universities/Very High Research Activity. This category represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting universities in the U.S.

The Carnegie classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. The very high research activity designation further confirms that Georgia State is competing with the Nation’s top universities.

Today, Georgia State is one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities, solving global challenges in human health. Researchers at Georgia State utilize the university’s state-of-the art facilities and work across the disciplines to address critical quality of life issues, such as cancer, obesity, inflammation, vaccines, child and adult literacy, and public health issues related to smoking, among others.

Georgia State made it a priority to encourage its researchers to pursue more funding for their scientific research endeavors and has significantly increased its research award funding over the past several years. Annual research awards of just over $147 million were received in fiscal year 2017, marking the sixth year in a row the university has set a research funding record.

The total exceeds last year’s record of $120.1 million. Externally funded research activity at the university has climbed 81 percent over the past three years. This year one of the largest funding increases came from industry research grants and contracts, which grew nearly fivefold.