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

  • R&D expenditures have risen from $353 million to $425 million annually
  • This equates to a 20.4% 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 has nearly doubled since 2012, rising from 374 in 2012 to 730 in 2020
Line graph depicting total faculty awards rising from 374 to 730 between 2012 and 2020.

Faculty Citations

  • A significant metric of disciplinary impact, scholarly citations have increased 150 percent since 2012.
Faculty Citations Graph.

Source: Academic Analytics


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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