Research at a Glance

Georgia State University Research Highlights

  • Georgia State is ranked among the nation’s top 115 public and private universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Very High Research Activity.
  • Georgia State University research expenditures topped $200 million for the first time in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The university now ranks 108th out of 902 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures.
  • From FY2010 to FY2017, expenditures increased by 248 percent, making Georgia State one of the nation’s fastest-growing research universities.
  • Georgia State received $122.7 million in external research funding FY2018, the fourth consecutive year that funding has exceeded $100 million.
  • 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 that researches, designs, develops and evaluates solutions to challenges affecting the economy and quality of life in metropolitan areas.



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Georgia State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Georgia State is Metro Atlanta’s bioscience incubator, driving entrepreneurship and economic initiatives from invention to venture. Our faculty have launched 14 start-ups based on their intellectual property, and since FY10 have filed more than 600 patents.
  • In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State the #2 most innovative university in the nation.
  • Atlanta’s only downtown business incubator, CollabTech offers biotech startups the opportunity to work collaboratively with world-class faculty researchers and notable Fortune 500 companies.
  • Launch GSU is a private business incubator for Georgia State students, who can work alongside other students with startup ideas. Ex-Lab, Georgia State’s makerspace, gives students the opportunity to learn through the process of creating.
  • The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute offers offers a BBA, MBA, and undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, as well as four other interdisciplinary degree programs.
  • The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) builds connections between students and the entertainment and information industries. Its focus is on advanced technology workforce training, building a national model for media entrepreneurship and research partnerships.