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WSU Research Facts and Figures

Facts and figures

Numbers tell a story of the powerful economic impact of WSU research across the Pacific Northwest

One of the nation’s top research institutions

Washington State University is one of just 115 U.S. public and private universities—out of 4,500+— singled out for its “highest research activity” in the Carnegie Classification.

Research and public service expenditures

$381 million (FY 2015)

Sponsored program expenditures

$191 million (FY 2016)

Growth in research and development expenditures

Total expenditures
$ in thousands

2003 $175,789
2004 $175,144
2005 $185,282
2006 $203,540
2007 $213,262
2008 $283,086
2009 $301,080
2010 $304,352
2011 $320,510
2012 $335,930
2013 $341,082
2014 $326,414
2015 $333,134

Significant federal funding for research

With $191 million in total sponsored program expenditures (FY 2016), WSU is among the nation’s top land-grant research universities.

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
Other federal agencies $3,791,072
Total federal $129,345,965

Broad support from non-federal sources

Fiscal year 2016 expenses by non-federal program

Washington state governments $25,420,031
Private foundations and institutes and other nonprofit $9,122,596
Washington commissions $6,898,313
Business concerns and corporations for profit $6,151,743
Local governments $5,899,182
Schools, colleges, and universities $1,916,879
Foreign sponsors $1,716,493
Other non-federal programs $4,752,901
Total non-federal $61,878,140

 

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

Research spanning many disciplines

Highest sponsored expenditures by area/college for Fiscal Year 2016

CAHNRS Office of Research $44,796,461
WSU Extension $28,857,551
College of Arts and Sciences $26,014,536
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture $21,143,084
College of Veterinary Medicine $19,627,167

Commercialization on the rise

Invention disclosures
2011: 61
2012: 64
2013: 66
2014: 103
2015: 113

Active inventions
2011: 148
2012: 168
2013: 194
2014: 250
2015: 232

Patent applications
2011: 60
2012: 85
2013: 83
2014: 69
2015: 61

Licenses issued
2011: 15
2012: 30
2013: 43
2014: 49
2015: 55

Number of startups

2011: 3
2012: 6
2013: 4
2014: 5
2015: 9

Royalty revenue
2011: $548,439
2012: $631,963
2013: $814,907
2014: $984,785
2015: $1,255,399

Office of Research Annual Report

2015 (pdf)

2014 (pdf)

2013 (pdf)

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