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April 14, 2021

Spartan research wrapped

April 14, 2021


At Michigan State University, research never stops. In the past year, Spartan scientists and scholars made discoveries and created new knowledge that makes life better, while preparing the next generation of researchers. Along the way, they also earned prestigious awards and major funding.

Here’s an inside look by the numbers.

Research pivots to fight COVID-19

200+ COVID-related project proposals submitted

$18 million+ in new funding

Safety first

650 MSU labs and studios have operated safely during the pandemic

A high-energy milestone

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams officially was designated a Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility in fall 2020

The nation invests in MSU

$725.7 million in sponsored research expenditures in 2019 

A $10 million increase over 2018

No. 1 in the Big Ten for U.S. Department of Agriculture expenditures

No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 2 nationally for U.S. Department of Energy expenditures

No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 9 nationally for National Science Foundation expenditures

Discovery at work

170+ faculty discoveries annually drive patents, products and startups



  • 4 named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 6 received National Science Foundation CAREER awards
  • 9 named highly cited researchers

By: Meredith Mescher and Deon Foster

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