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Pulling No Punches
Spring 2020 Issue
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Cover Story

Pulling no punches. Will nanomedicine take cancer down for the count?
2019 Year-End Metrics

Auburn University is an R1 (“highest research activity”) university in the Carnegie Classification and was named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Auburn delivers an impressive return on investment for our state—for every dollar invested in Auburn, we return $8. The university system and its alumni contribute more than $5.4 billion to Alabama’s economy, and we’re responsible for some 25,826 jobs in our state. At Auburn, we have grown our research efforts in both STEM and non-STEM areas, furthering our commitment to benefit Alabama, the Southeast and the nation through research results that improve quality of life and enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Commercialization Metrics 2019

Invention disclosures
Standard U.S. patent applications filed
Provisional U.S. patent applications filed
Other U.S. patent applications filed
U.S. patents
Licenses / Options Executed
Startup Companies Formed
Option and license income

Research Expenditures

Research expenditures* have increased 70% since FY2015.
*as reported in the NSF HERD survey
$135.9 M
$152.4 M
$190.3 M
$212.3 M
$231.6 M
+40% in Research Funding

Closing Thoughts from the Vice President

James Weyhenmeyer
James Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

As Auburn moves forward with plans for significant growth of its research efforts, we are focusing on investing in specific collaborative areas of research, as discussed in greater detail on pages 43-44. Auburn is committed to improving health and health care, finding intelligent solutions to problems, creating a safer world and building resilient societies.

Our innovative faculty members continue to be closely involved in this process of forming a plan to take Auburn to the next level, leveraging our research strengths for the greater good. As this process continues, we will work together to identify specific projects and teams that will support these larger, overarching commitments.

As you can observe from the variety of research underway at Auburn—everything from technological advancements in biomedical engineering to infectious disease research to world-class scholarship in the creative arts—we continue to see great things from our faculty and students. As we begin what will be a transformative period in research at Auburn University, building upon a solid foundation, I am confident the collective strengths of our research faculty, students and staff will help us continue the legacy of impactful research for which Auburn is known.

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Last updated: May 20, 2020