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Georgia State Research expenditures top $206 million, set another annual record

The university has spent more than $1 billion on its diverse research portfolio since fiscal year 2017

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Georgia State Research Expenditures Top $206 Million, Set Another Annual Record

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ATLANTA — Georgia State University has set another record for research expenditures, investing $206.4 million in fiscal year (FY) 2021, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Science Foundation.

This year’s report shows Georgia State ranked No. 118 out of the 648 schools nationwide that participated, landing it among the top 20 percent in research expenditures for the fifth year in a row.

“We are proud to be a powerful research engine, driving progress in our state and in the nation,” said Georgia State President M. Brian Blake. “We hope to continue to build on this record growth so that the knowledge and ideas produced at Georgia State yield even more widespread impact.”

Since FY2017, Georgia State’s research expenditures have topped $1 billion. The report places Georgia State at No. 1 in Georgia and No. 12 in the nation for research and development expenditures in fields outside of science and engineering. In addition, Georgia State is No. 1 in the state and No. 19 in the nation for research and development expenditures in the social sciences.

“The breadth of research discovery at Georgia State is a hallmark that makes us exceptional,” said Tim Denning, vice president for research and economic development. “Investing in research, scholarship and creative pursuits that take place both inside and outside the traditional lab setting means we can deliver innovative impact on a global scale.”

Georgia State’s research spending also contributes to the university’s statewide economic impact, which totaled $2.8 billion in FY2021, according to data from the University System of Georgia.

Georgia State researchers are expanding knowledge and developing innovative solutions in public health, policy, sustainability, education, data science, cybersecurity and beyond. The university is home to centers and institutes that are leading in critical areas such as biomedical sciences, optical interferometry, neuroimaging and health policy. To learn more, visit

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