Facts and figures
Numbers tell a story of the powerful economic impact of WSU research
Transforming leadership to achieve equity in education
Building parent participation and shifting administrator mindsets
In 2010, 47 percent of children under the age of five belonged to a racial or ethnic minority group. That statistic signifies a shift in the demographics of tomorrow’s classrooms.
As the nation’s K-12 students become increasingly diverse, school environments, educational policies, and teaching best practices must take students’ cultural backgrounds into account. Research of Dr. Katherine Rodela anticipates changes needed in K-12 schools. The educational leadership professor is rethinking the role of parent leadership in school systems. She is also examining how district leaders can develop an equity mindset—the belief that by engaging members of … » More …Read Story
Multimillion dollar grant to support nuclear waste cleanup
Research probes how radiation changes nuclear waste over time
Safe management of nuclear waste is vital to national security and a primary mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Approximately 300 million liters of highly radioactive wastes are stored in underground tanks at the Hanford Site in Washington and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
Wastes stored in tanks at Hanford have been there for decades. Radiation present in the wastes drives chemical changes that are neither well understood nor predictable. DOE estimates it will take at least 50 years and $300 billion to process the wastes into forms fit for disposal using … » More …Read Story
Innovation spawns entrepreneurial venture
Every year, reused and infected hypodermic needles cause 1.3 million deaths. Two 2016 WSU bioengineering graduates developed a cost-effective solution.
Emily Willard and Katherine Brandenstein designed a sterilizing cap that fits over the opening of a vaccine vial, decontaminating needles to help save lives. Both young women are researchers at heart, but dove into the world of business to turn their discoveries into a technology for commercialization. With help from entrepreneurship experts at WSU, Willard and Brandenstein developed a prototype of their product and launched a company.
The duo won the WSU Business Plan competition and the University of Washington’s first … » More …Read Story
Supplying food, energy, and water for future generations
Helping the Columbia Basin withstand climate change
In Washington’s Columbia River basin, climate change has diminished snow storage, a significant source of summer water for the region. At the same time, population growth is escalating demand for water.
The basin is home to farms and ranches that feed the state. Hydropower generates more than half of the Pacific Northwest’s electricity, most coming from the Columbia River.1 Resources must be deftly managed to develop the region’s resilience to climate change.
Population growth and climate change strain interdependent food, energy and water systems. WSU researchers have long studied each of these systems alone. A recent $3 million grant from the National … » More …Read Story
Promoting an informed and equitable society
Preserving indigenous traditions in digital form
A complete picture of U.S. history requires the information held in tribal archives, libraries, and museums (TALMs). While many major libraries and museums now digitize their collections for access and use, many TALMs lack the resources to do so. In addition, traditional content management systems are organized under Western standards, not allowing for local narrations and other cultural practices and protocols important to archiving Native heritage.
Digitally preserving and sharing stories, artifacts, and images from diverse cultures is important in a technologically advancing world. WSU researcher Kim Christen is ensuring that digital history includes Native American voices stored and … » More …Read Story
Innovation for Washington’s signature industry
WSU created a brand new apple variety called Cosmic Crisp™, known for its excellent flavor, good texture, and superior storage. Cosmic Crisp™ is a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
More than 600,000 trees are expected to be planted this spring, and growers have ordered over 5 million trees for 2018. First harvest will be in 2019. Fruit will become widely available to consumers in 2020.
Cosmic Crisp™ is the latest example of WSU’s world-class tree fruit breeding program and the University’s commitment to the state’s tree-fruit industry.Read Story
Research and public service expenditures
$381 million (FY 2015)
Sponsored program expenditures
$191 million (FY 2016)
Growth in research and development expenditures
$ in thousands
With $191 million in total sponsored program expenditures (FY 2016), WSU is among the nation’s top land-grant research universities.
Other federal agencies $3,791,072
|Department of Agriculture||$38,078,370|
|Department of Health and Human Services||$26,338,989|
|National Science Foundation||$17,993,070|
|Department of Energy||$17,206,882|
|Department of Education||$9,245,798|
|Department of Defense||$7,655,560|
|U.S. Agency for International Development||$3,122,646|
|Small Business Administration||$2,411,865|
|Department of Transportation||$2,000,481|
|Department of Commerce||$1,501,232|
Fiscal year 2016 expenses by non-federal program
|Washington state governments||$25,420,031|
|Private foundations and institutes and other nonprofit||$9,122,596|
|Business concerns and corporations for profit||$6,151,743|
|Schools, colleges, and universities||$1,916,879|
|Other non-federal programs||$4,752,901|
Leading private-sector research projects in FY 2016
Research collaborations with private industry boost the state’s economic health and answer complex societal concerns.
|Industry sponsor||Research project|
|United Air Lines||Fatigue Risk Management System Route Studies
Principal investigator: Greg Belenky, $879,171
|Genus PLC||In vitro Expansion of Bovine Spermatogonial Stem cells
Principal investigator: Jon Oatley, $720,090
|Merck & Co.||Improving Neuromuscular Monitoring Rates: A Local and Regional Approach
Principal investigator: Darryl Duvall, $322,246
|Chemring Detection Systems||Development of a Breathalyzer for Drugged Driving
Principal investigator: Herb Hill, $309,000
|Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals||Effect of SB compound on respiratory virus pathogenesis in mice (phase II)
Principal investigator: Santanu Bose, $302,000
Leading Washington commodity commission research projects in FY 2016
Research collaborations with the state’s commodity commissions support production of food and agricultural products throughout Washington.
|Commission sponsor||Research project|
|Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission||Apple Scion Breeding Program
Principal investigator: Katherine Evans, $179,045
|Washington Grain Commission||Field Breeding Soft White Winter Wheat
Principal investigator: Arron Carter, $172,694
|Washington Grain Commission||Improving Spring Wheat Varieties for the PNW
Principal investigator: Michael Pumphrey, $170,023
|Washington Grain Commission||Variety Evaluation Wheat
Principal investigator: Ryan Higginbotham, $135,000
|Washington Grain Commission||Greenhouse and Laboratory Efforts for Spring Wheat Variety Development
Principal investigator: Michael Pumphrey, $131,484
|Washington Grain Commission||Improving Barley Varieties for Feed, Food and Malt
Principal investigator: Kevin Murphy, $129,101
|Washington Grain Commission||BioTechnology for Wheat Improvement
Principal investigator: Arron Carter, $121,744
|Washington Wine Commission||Management of Phenolic Compounds in Vineyard and Winter: Investigation of Mechanical Pruning
Principal investigator: James Harbertson, $105,000
Highest sponsored expenditures by area/college for Fiscal Year 2016
|CAHNRS Office of Research||$44,796,461|
|College of Arts and Sciences||$26,014,536|
|Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture||$21,143,084|
|College of Veterinary Medicine||$19,627,167|
Number of startups