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

  • Total R&D expenditures have risen from $360 million to $440 million annually
  • This equates to a 22.1% increase over the last decade

National and International Recognition

  • UB faculty are receiving national and international recognition with increasing frequency, including
  • The total number of faculty awards have risen from 520 in 2011 to 913 in 2020

Faculty Citations

  • A significant metric of disciplinary impact, scholarly citations have increased 83 percent from 2013 to 2021.


SUNY Distinguished Ranks

  • The number of UB faculty appointed to SUNY's distinguished ranks has risen dramatically, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all the active distinguished ranks in the entire SUNY system
  • In the previous two decades, the number of faculty appointed to these ranks has more than doubled

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