igniting our pursuits

from advocating for human rights to sending aircraft higher and farther, ud is where the future takes form.

whether we're creating a computer chip that can teach itself or helping to power the mars 2020 rover, we work in the space between inspiration and impact — and bring great ideas to life.

here, it's about more than innovation for the sake of discovery. it's about developing solutions to help others. by bringing together graduate and undergraduate students with our renowned faculty and researchers, we continue to pave the way to a better world.

research rankings

no. 1

in the nation for sponsored materials r&d

no. 1

catholic university for sponsored engineering r&d

$150 million

in annual sponsored research last year


our momentum moves the world

at ud, our solutions have a real impact on society.

research and collaboration

ud research institute

at this moment, udri is engaged in hundreds of complex experiments, tests, prototypes and more. but our goal is simple: to turn our research expertise into solutions for tomorrow's problems.


office for research

the office for research brings together faculty with the staff of udri in pursuit of world-changing research and development, while expanding entrepreneurship on campus.

office for research


whether on the local or international level, our partnerships further innovation, spur economic growth and extend our ability to help people everywhere.


centers and institutes

more than 40 centers and institutes work to cross disciplines, improve communities and change the world.

centers and institutes

research stories

  • out of this world
  • hard knocks
  • insect control
  • out of this world

    there are only three generators like the one that will power the mars 2020 rover. two are at ud, and the third is on mars.

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    hard knocks

    susan davies is using her research to help educators recognize and respond to concussions in school.

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    a giant leap in insect control

    insect ecologist chelse prather is "rewriting the textbook" about the role certain minerals might play in controlling grasshopper and other insect populations under a $346,500 national science foundation grant.

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    nsf research rankings

    no. 1

    in ohio for sponsored materials r&d

    no. 2

    in ohio for sponsored physical s/tem r&d

    no. 8

    in the nation for federally sponsored engineering r&d

    no. 5

    in the nation for sponsored industrial and manufacturing r&d


    researchers, faculty, staff and students work on sponsored research programs

    no. 3

    catholic university for sponsored r&d in all categories