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Stats and Rankings

NC State is a leading public research university — and the world is taking notice. See where we excel.

A Hub For Innovation

We’re a leader in big data, biomedical engineering, materials science, food safety, translational medicine and more.

  • $460+ million in new sponsored research awards in FY23
  • $1.5 billion in research proposals submitted in FY23
  • 84 large-scale proposal submissions in FY23
  • 7th in industry expenditures among public institutions without a medical school (HERD 22)
  • 6th in all expenditures among public institutions without a medical school (HERD 22)

#1 in Active Licenses and Options

among public universities without a medical school
(AUTM 2020)

Fueling the Economy

We create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity. Across our state and nation, citizens see the results in research advances, innovative technologies and successful companies.

  • 190+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research
  • More than $1.7 billion in financing raised by NC State startups
  • 2nd in technology transfer and commercialization among public universities without a medical school according to a May 2022 Heartland Forward Report
  • 70+ partners on our Centennial Campus

#6 in Total Invention Disclosures

among public universities without a medical school
(AUTM 2020)

Commercialization Is Key

We drive economic growth by bringing NC State’s best and brightest innovations to market. We work alongside inventors and industry leaders to accelerate leading-edge startups.

  • More than 1,500 patents issued
  • More than 600 products to market
  • 800+ commercialization agreements

$583+ Million

in HERD reported 2022 research expenditures