MSU researchers have the expertise and resources to solve critical issues and remain at the forefront of their fields. At the same time, they’re working with students on worldwide challenges such as food security, solutions to human diseases, social and economic disparity, and cybersecurity. MSU is home to centers and institutes that are leaders in areas such as aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, unmanned aircraft systems, agriculture, data analytics, and social sciences, among other areas.

Research Facts


RI - Very High Research Activity Doctoral University

Carnegie Foundation

5th fastest supercomputer in U.S. academia with five quadrillion computations per second.

Top 100 Research University

National Science Foundation

1 of 13 Land, Sea and Space-Grant Universities

12th nationally in agricultural research

National Science Foundation

#6 Globally in Entrepreneurship Research

Journal of Small Business Management

Top 25 for aerospace, mechanical, industrial, engineering

National Science Foundation

Top 50 in atmospheric, geological and Earth science research

National Science Foundation

Research collaboration around the globe

Nation's only federally-funded center researching employment outcomes for the blind

1 of only 6 universities with a presidential library, the U.S. Grant Library

Lead university for FAA National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

3rd largest National Science Foundation CyberCorps program in the nation

Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

15th nationally in social science research.

National Science Foundation

12th nationally in sociology research.

National Science Foundation

One of just a few universities to hold all 3 National Security Agency cyber excellence designations

Developing the world's first all-electric autonomous SUV for on-and off-road driving

Top 5 fastest research and academic GPU computing resource in the SEC

Launching Fall of 2022


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Research Data

FY 2019 Federal Awards

FY19 R&D Expenditures by NSF Discipline
A. Computer & Information Sciences 2.63%
B. Engineering 22.75%
C. Geosciences, Atmospheric, & Ocean Sciences 4.13%
D. Life Sciences 44.79%
E. Mathematics .5%
F. Physical Sciences 4.28%
G. Psychology .56%
H. Social Sciences 15.5%
I. Other Sciences 1.52%
J. Non-S&E Fields 3.35%

FY 2019 R&D Federal Expenditures by Agency

FY 2019 R&D Federal Expenditures by Agency
Defense $22,249,000
Energy $5,157,000
HHS $14,938,000
NASA $1,272,000
NSF $7,509,000
Other Federal  $22,476,000
USDA $31,137,000

FY 2019 R&D Expenditures by Source of Funds

FY 2019 R&D Expenditures by Source of Funds
Business $3,882,000
Federal $104,738,000
Institutional $68,709,000
Nonprofit Organizations $8,220,000
Other Nonfederal $1,415,000
State & Local Government $77,562,000