From engineering to behavioral sciences, medical research to sustainability, bio-cybersecurity to animal welfare, Colorado State University researchers are advancing solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges.

$447.2 million

CSU shattered records for research expenditures in 2021, spending $447.2 million to acquire knowledge to protect people from disease, recover drought- and fire ravaged communities, and respond to the climate emergency.

Expenditures increased

The University’s total research expenditures grew by 10% in fiscal year 2021, more than triple the rate of the previous fiscal year. Over the past five years, research expenditures have increased by 35%. Most of the funds come from the federal government, with significant contributions from state government, nonprofits, and industry.

Expenditures in millions chart showing an increase. Figures are included in surrounding text.

Expenditures in millions

2018 – $374.90

2019 – $398.50

2020 – $407

2021 – $447.20

COVID-19 research

Across the institution awards for COVID-19 research totaled $35.5 million, $21.8 million since the start of the pandemic. As part of the effort, CSU is nearing clinical trials of a universal coronavirus vaccine, and has developed its own coronavirus test, with 200,000 samples collected to protect the campus community.

SOURCE: Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Research