University Research-Related Statistics

In fiscal year 2010, sponsored research awards totaled $170 million contributing to the campus's classification as a Research University with Very High research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation.  The University of Massachusetts was ranked among the top five largest recipients of National Science Foundation grants in 2009 along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Yale and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  With approximately 70 research centers and institutes and over 330 technologies available to license, the University of Massachusetts is a major stimulus for the State economy.  These facts demonstrate the very high priority the university places on and has committed to research.  Add to these major milestones the ongoing, investment in new science facilities as vital platforms for continuing research and education.  These facilities include the recently completed $207 million, 158,000 ft2 Integrated Sciences Building and the $156 million, 310,000 ft2 New Laboratory Science Building currently under construction.

Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship of the five-campus state university system, enrolling more than 26,000 students annually.

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