UD Research Facts and Figures

Our Impact

The University of Delaware is a significant driver of the region’s economy, spurring $2.8 billion in economic activity in Delaware and $4.7 billion throughout the Northeast Corridor, a new 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. In the innovation arena, UD achieved accomplishments like these over the past decade:

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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 August 20, 2018.

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Patents Issued

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Start-up Companies Formed

FY2020 Research Expenditures by Sponsor

FY2020 Research Expenditures Sponsor Piechart
Expenditures by Sponsor

FY20 UD Research Expenditures increased 6.7% over FY19.

FY2020 Sponsored Program Expenditures

FY2020 Sponsored Program Expenditures Barchart
Sponsored Program Expenditures Legend which include Instruction, Public Service, Research and Total

FY20 Total Sponsored Prog. Expe. increased 1.7% over FY19.

Sponsored Program Expenditures Over Ten Years

Sponsored Program Expenditures Over Ten Years

Sponsored Program Expenditures Over Ten Years
The University of Delaware is in the top 3% of all U.S. Universities and Colleges classified by the Carnegie Foundation

Business starts were aided by UD’s SBDC since its inception


Of patents issued to UD included women inventors.

632,000 sq. ft.

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

UD ranks in the top 70 in R&D expenditures from DOE, NSF, USDA, DOD and NASA out of 644 institutions. — 2019 HERD REPORT/DATA TABLE 25

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. Below is how we rank:

UD Ranks 49

U.S. Department of Energy

UD Ranks 59

National Science Foundation

UD Ranks 62

U.S. Department of Agriculture

UD Ranks 70

U.S. Department of Defense

UD Ranks 70

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

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