University of Delaware
UD's Marks of Excellence

UD Research Facts & Figures

The University of Delaware is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with the highest research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than three percent of the more than 4,600 degree-granting institutions in the United States. Rich in heritage and innovation, UD traces its origins to a small school in New London, Pennsylvania, opened by the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison in 1743. Among its first class were three young men who would later go on to sign the Declaration of Independence and one who would sign the U.S. Constitution.

Today, over 1,000 students participate in undergraduate research each year and over 3,800 graduate students are involved in research and scholarship across the University's seven colleges and more than 70 research centers and institutes. Our distinguished faculty include: a Nobel laureate, members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors and Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, to name only a few.

UD Sponsored Program expenditures exceeded $204 million in FY 2016.


Sponsored Program Expenditures


Research Expenditures by Sponsor