Auburn Research magazine, Spring / Summer 2023

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2022 Year-end metrics

Research Expenditures

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  • Fiscal year 2017: 190.3 million dollars
  • Fiscal year 2018: 212.9 million dollars
  • Fiscal year 2019: 231.6 million dollars
  • Fiscal year 2020: 255.3 million dollars
  • Fiscal year 2021: 266.4 million dollars
  • Fiscal year 2022: 304.4 million dollars
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Research expenditures* have increased approximately 60% since FY2017.
*as reported in the NSF HERD Survey

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message from the vice president

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

From the Vice President

When I joined the Auburn family a few years back, one of the first things I discovered was the breadth and depth of health sciences research across the university. With my own background as a researcher in the areas of cardiovascular disease and stroke, I was very interested in seeing Auburn build out its health sciences research portfolio.

As this issue of Auburn Research demonstrates, that process is well underway. From life-changing research improving outcomes for GM1 patients to research on childhood obesity, zoonotic diseases, health disparities and more, Auburn continues to expand its efforts in this critically im-portant space. With a range of work that includes biomedical engineering advances and medically focused industrial design, the university is pushing forward in areas that will improve quality of life for those in Alabama, the Southeast and beyond.

Expanding Auburn’s health sciences infrastructure

As Auburn looks to the future, early-stage plans are taking shape for a new, multi-story research building that will provide needed lab space and accommodate interdisciplinary research in such areas as “One Health,” which focuses on the intersection of human, animal and environmental well-being.

In addition to state-of-the-art facilities already in place at The Park, including a world-class 7T MRI Center, the anticipated new research building would be built with complete flexibility and design fluidity in mind, allowing diverse groups of researchers to collaborate and reconfigure lab space as often as needed.

Work in health sciences research touches nearly every area of the university, and these types of collaborative research spaces will continue to be critically important as Auburn works on tackling tough challenges in the biomedical realm. As we work to expand the physical environment in which this research can thrive, you can follow the latest developments in the coming months at, where you’ll also find an array of research news from across the university.