Annual Reports

The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University publishes its annual report at the conclusion of the corresponding fiscal year.

Mississippi State is a recognized leader in a number of fields, and well known for productive partnerships, real-world impact, and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities. As the state's leading research university, MSU's research and development expenditures totaled more than $226 million in FY 2015 - accounting for 55% of all R&D by higher education in the state, according to National Science Foundation data.

The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2015 places Mississippi State at 94th overall among public and private institutions in the country. It is ranked 59th among non-medical school institutions, and 64th among public institutions.

The latest NSF survey lists the 138-year-old land-grant institution at No. 6 in the nation for research and development expenditures in agricultural sciences among public and private institutions — climbing two places from FY14. MSU has ranked among the top 10 in this category for 18 consecutive years, spending $106.4 million in agriculture-related research in FY 2015.

Mississippi State’s research funding comes from a wide range of sources, including business and industry, trade groups, and local governments, state offices and federal agencies, including the USDA, National Institutes of Health, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, to name a few examples.

In addition to its high NSF status, Mississippi State is the only university in the state to achieve Innovation and Economic Prosperity University status from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. The designation — attained after a rigorous review process - recognizes Mississippi State for working to advance engagement and economic well-being in the state, region and nation.

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