New record for annual research expenditures


Research growth in The Ohio State University College of Engineering is officially trending.

In fiscal year 2023, Ohio State Engineering received $187.15 million in research funding from external sources. The record amount included significant investments in sustainable mobility, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, advanced manufacturing, biomedical innovation and more.

The new total reflects a 15% increase compared to last fiscal year’s total of $162.43 million, the previous all-time record. Federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health, contributed $113.68 million to the fiscal year 2023 total, while industry partners funded collaborative projects with $60.7 million. Research grants from non-profit organizations and foundations jumped 45% since last year to $7.61 million.

“As our research programs continue to increase their external funding profile, it reflects two principles,” said Dean Ayanna Howard. “First, that our faculty and students are producing research outcomes of the highest quality. And second, federal agencies, companies and foundations believe that we can solve real-world problems. That’s why we’re here, to apply excellence at scale to problems of consequence.”

Michael Groeber and Walter Hansen stand in a robotics lab with Dean Ayanna Howard and Professor Glenn Daehn.
Ohio State's HAMMER ERC leaders in the Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Lab, (l to r) Prof. Mike Groeber, Dean Ayanna Howard, Prof. Glenn Daehn and CDME Exec. Director Nate Ames.

Highlights in fiscal year 2023 included a multi-institutional initiative to develop and deploy revolutionary, intelligent autonomous manufacturing systems and educate a future manufacturing workforce. Funded by an initial five-year, $26 million National Science Foundation grant, the Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing, Moving from Evolution to Revolution (HAMMER) Engineering Research Center is developing approaches central to next-generation manufacturing in the United States.

With the support of a $26.5 million investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA), engineering faculty have established a new testing center to support the deployment of zero-emission and low-emission public transportation buses.

The U.S. Department of Transportation also awarded funds to a research consortium led by Ohio State to address cybersecurity risks in various modes of transportation. The College of Engineering received $10 million in federal funding and $5 million in cost-share over the next five years to establish a Tier 1 University Transportation Center.

After a 47% jump in fiscal year 2022, industry-sponsored research funding from companies like Intel, Honda and AstraZeneca grew by another 20% in fiscal year 2023 to $60.7 million. 

In advance of Intel’s construction of two leading-edge chip factories in Ohio, the company awarded three grants – a combined $4.5 million – to Ohio State and its partners to prepare a highly skilled and diverse semiconductor industry workforce. With $3 million of the funding, Ohio State is leading a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary education and research center to advance the fabrication and development of semiconductors and next-generation device technologies. And a grant of nearly $1.5 million was awarded to Ohio State as the lead to work with partnering institutions across the state towards the common goal of building a more diverse semiconductor industry.

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