Research Excellence

Prontip Saelee, PhD, a scientist at Tactiva Therapeutics, removes biological samples from a liquid nitrogen freezer in a lab in the Center Bioinformatics Life Sciences, CBLS.

To achieve its institutional potential as one of the premier public research universities and make a profound impact on local and global communities, UB has built up infrastructure to support faculty in their investigations while leveraging disciplinary strengths to solve society's most pressing problems.

Identifying cross-disciplinary research and scholarly areas where existing strengths aligned with great societal need, UB developed a paradigm rooted in innovation in basic and applied research and fostered a culture of interdisciplinarity to tackle complex and urgent challenges facing health care, the climate and social justice, to name a few areas.

Research Excellence: Outcomes

As a result of its deliberate and strategic focus on research excellence, UB has achieved the following:

Research Expenditures

  • Sponsored Research expenditures have risen from $129 million to $178 million
Bar graph depicting sponsored research rising from $129 million to $178 million between 2004 and 2019.


National and International Recognition

  • UB faculty are receiving national and international recognition with increasing frequency, including
  • Awards per faculty member increased from 36 in 2012 to 59 in 2018
  • The total number of faculty awards increased by 78 percent in the same period
Line graph depicting total faculty awards rising from 374 to 666 between 2012 and 2018.

Faculty Citations

  • A significant metric of disciplinary impact, scholarly citations nearly doubled in a six-year period—from 93,000 to 170,000
  • Citations per faculty member nearly doubled as well—from 90 in 2012 to 151 in 2018
Line graph depicting total faculty citations rising from 93,000 to 170,000 between 2012 and 2018.

SUNY Distinguished Ranks

  • The number of UB faculty appointed to SUNY's distinguished ranks—the highest in the system—has risen dramatically
  • In the previous two decades, the number of faculty appointed to these ranks has nearly doubled