UD Research Facts and Figures

Our Impact

The University of Delaware is a significant driver of the region’s economy, spurring $3.19 billion in economic activity in Delaware and directly or indirectly supports 26,040 jobs statewide each year, a recent report estimates. The report — created by Econsult Solutions Inc. (ESI) and commissioned by UD — examined the impact and multiplier effects of the University’s annual operations and capital investments. To quantify the economic impact UD makes on the region, the report highlighted key areas of distinction, including local engagement, scholarship, innovative research and entrepreneurial successes.

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How the University of Delaware Produces Economic and Social Value at the Local, Statewide and Mega-Region Level. Produced by Econsult Solutions, Inc., published October 28, 2022.

Innovation Impacts

In the innovation arena, UD achieved accomplishments like these over the past decade (2013-23):

Invention Disclosures

Patents Issued

Licenses Issued

Startup Companies Formed

FY2023 Research Expenditures by Sponsor

FY2023 Research Expenditures by Sponsor Piechart
Expenditures by Sponsor

FY23 UD Research Expenditures increased 7% over FY22.

FY2023 Sponsored Program Expenditures

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Sponsored Program Expenditures Legend which include Instruction, Public Service, Research and Total

FY23 Total Sponsored Program Expenditures
increased 7% over FY22.

Sponsored Program Expenditures Over Ten Years

Sponsored Program Expenditures Over Ten Years

Sponsored Programs Research Expenditures Over Ten Years

Figures shown are based on results for the FY23 992 period results.

The University of Delaware is in the top 3% of all U.S. Universities and Colleges classified by the Carnegie Foundation

Business starts have been aided by UD’s Small Business Development Center, recognized nationally as a model of excellence in 2020.


Of patents issued to UD since 2011 included women inventors.

1,000,000 sq. ft.

Major building projects at UD’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, including the FinTech Innovation Hub, Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center, Chemours Discovery Hub and Tower at STAR have created numerous construction jobs.

UD ranks 47th out of 626 higher education institutions without a medical school in federal R&D expenditures. — 2022 HERD REPORT/DATA TABLE 36

UD ranks in the top 85 in R&D expenditures from DOD, DOE, NASA, NSF and USDA out of 633 institutions. — 2022 HERD REPORT/DATA TABLE 26

UD Ranks 70

U.S. Department of Defense

UD Ranks 43

U.S. Department of Energy

UD Ranks 55

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

UD Ranks 51

National Science Foundation

UD Ranks 62

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Higher Education Research and Development Survey, conducted by the National Science Foundation, is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities. The survey collects information on R&D expenditures and is an annual census of institutions.


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