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Highest Research Activity
Oklahoma State University's official Carnegie classification is R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity, which is Carnegie's top classification for research universities. Only 137 universities of America's 4700 institutions qualified for this prestigious designation in the latest report.
Being a Carnegie R1 research institutions provides opportunities for private and public partnerships and offers opportunities for economic growth in the state. As a land-grant institution, OSU's research projects are aimed at improving the quality of life for Oklahomans and addressing future technology needs.
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By the numbersAnnual research expenditures and sponsored program awards

# of faculty

(Fall '21)
Annual research expenditures

# Grants awarded


Our impactTechnology transfer at OSU during the past 10 years (FY11-20)

# Startup companies created to commercialize OSU technology

# Invention disclosures by OSU faculty and staff

# Patents issued

# License agreements


Official expenditures report

Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey
Conducted annually by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this survey collects data on research and development (R&D) activities at higher education institutions. Research activities and expenditures are reported for the institution's fiscal year.
NSF defines R&D activity as creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge — including knowledge of humankind, culture, and society — and to devise new applications of available knowledge. R&D includes basic research, applied research, and experimental development.
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