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The Office of Research and Economic Development provides services across Rutgers to support the faculty’s research and strategically leads the university's economic development activities.
Rutgers experienced impressive growth in research grants and sponsored programs last year (FY2015 Annual Report). Despite limited increases in federal support, Rutgers achieved an 18.3 percent increase in overall funding for research and sponsored programs in FY2015, from $517.6 million in fiscal year 2014 up to $612.5 million in last year. Read more here. In terms of annual R&D expenditures, which exceeded $677 million in FY2014 (the most recent year tallied by the NSF), Rutgers is among the nation's top 20 public universities and ranks #7 among the 14 Big Ten schools.
The office is led by Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., senior vice president for research and economic development (bio). Among his responsibilities are oversight and strategic planning for Rutgers’ research enterprise and leading the many institutional offices and resources supporting the university’s research and economic development activities.
Research is a fundamental aspect of the university's mission. Along with discovery-based research, Rutgers commercializes research through the transfer of new technology to industry, contributing to the economic development of New Jersey and the nation. Our research is sponsored by federal and state agencies, corporations and foundations, which provides research experiences for undergraduates, support for graduate assistants and postdoctoral researchers, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to each of our three campuses.