Impact of NU ResearchResearch conducted at the University of Nebraska has a significant impact on the state’s economy. Our research focuses on areas of importance to people in Nebraska and throughout the world, including:
- alternative energy and energy conservation
- water management
- agricultural productivity and profitability
- neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
- obesity and other public health issues
- early childhood education and intervention
- new strategies to increase the interest of Nebraska K-12 students in science and math, including robotics.
These are just a few of the areas in which university research is strengthening the state's economy by spawning new businesses and attracting companies that want to grow in a technology-rich, innovation-focused environment.
- The University of Nebraska is among the top 30 public universities in R&D expenditures according to the National Science Foundation, with more than $330 million in expenditures in 2006. Expenditures include federal, state, industry and institutional funds.
- In 2007-08, the University of Nebraska was awarded more than $178 million in competitive research grants from federal, state and industry sources.
- According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 31 jobs are created in Nebraska for every $1 million of academic R&D. Thus, University of Nebraska research and development activity supports more than 10,000 Nebraska jobs.
- Nearly half of our nation’s basic research is conducted by research universities; it is the source of innovation, technological leadership, medical breakthroughs and economic development.
- Students at the University of Nebraska have unprecedented opportunities to participate in research, even as undergraduates. This allows them to work alongside top faculty and gives them a significant edge in the workplace.