Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17)



FY17 Georgia State University Awards and Expenditures

  • 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 received $147 million in research funding in fiscal year 2017, setting a record for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Georgia State’s research funding has grown by 81 percent in the past three years.
  • This year one of the largest funding increases came from industry research grants and contracts, which grew nearly fivefold.
  • The university experienced a particularly large spike in funding for health and biomedical research. Of the $147 million, more than $20 million went toward research in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and more than $16 million to research in the School of Public Health.



Select FY17 Georgia State University Research Breakthroughs

  • Diabetes Linked To Bacteria Invading The Colon (read more)
  • Cytokine Controls Immune Cells That Trigger Inflammatory Bowel Disease (read more)
  • Sex Differences in Brain Activity Alter Pain Therapies (read more)
  • Biomarker Predicts Poor Prognosis in African-Americans with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (read more)
  • Common Food Additive Promotes Colon Cancer In Mice (read more)
  • Component Of Red Wine, Grapes Can Help To Reduce Inflammation (read more)
  • Nano-lipid Particles From Edible Ginger Could Improve Drug Delivery for Colon Cancer (read more)
  • New Drug Target Could Prevent Tolerance and Addiction to Opioids (read more)
  • College Educated More Likely to Use E-Cigs to Quit Cigarette Smoking (read more)
  • Enzyme Could Protect Against Type Of Colorectal Cancer By Suppressing Tumors (read more)
  • Enzyme Involved in Glucose Metabolism Promotes Wound Healing, Study Finds (read more)
  • Neuroscientists Rewire Brain Of One Species To Have Connectivity Of Another (read more)
  • The Brain Regulates Social Behavior Differently In Males And Females (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.
  • The university has a record number of issued patents and new technology disclosures.
    • We have 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 faculty 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Expands the research footprint in the infectious disease space
  • Georgia State is a member of the MetroLab Network. This network:
    • Is a White House supported, multi-disciplinary research and educational initiative
    • Researches, designs, develops and evaluates solutions to challenges affecting the economy and quality of life in metropolitan areas