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Northeastern receives more than $230 million in new research awards

Northeastern University received more than $230 million in new research awards in the 2021-2022 academic year, establishing a record as the university builds on 16 years of growth.

New awards at Northeastern have more than quadrupled since 2006 when research was established as a priority by university President Joseph E. Aoun to address and solve persistent global challenges.

Northeastern is actively utilizing more than $740 million in ongoing research awards overall. Those active awards have more than doubled over a 10-year span.

The strategic focus on building research came after years of steady growth that in 2015 earned Northeastern’s place among the top 115 universities in terms of research activity, as rated by the Carnegie Classification System.

Today, Northeastern is among a select group of universities in the United States that exceed $200 million in annual research awards without having a medical campus.

“At Northeastern, magical things happen at the interface of research and learning,” said David Madigan, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We have brilliant researchers at the cutting edge of their fields, sharing their intellectual excitement, their real-world engagement and their deep knowledge with learners hell-bent on changing the world for the better. The extraordinary and continuing growth of our research enterprise drives our leadership and impact in the world and provides the bedrock for everything we do across the global university system.”

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Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University.
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