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From the Vice President for Research

The University of Houston continues its march of excellence in research and technology transfer, as demonstrated by the impressive growth on all metrics of performance, outcomes and impact presented in this annual report. On performance, we have submitted more research proposals than ever. On outcomes, we have earned new research funding that surpasses our previous record. And on impact, our reputation as a research powerhouse is much stronger than before, and our royalties income has increased considerably.

Three factors are catapulting our research enterprise to new heights, namely: (i) our four research thrusts of Cyber and Physical Security, Drug Discovery and Development, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and Accessible Health are taking root and creating the synergies that are leading to the formation of large research teams and research institutes, (ii) the Chancellor-announced 50-in-5 initiative is raising the profile of research amongst the faculty and generating new energy and enthusiasm for research preeminence, and (iii) the complete reorganization and professional development of the Division of Research staff has led to the unleashing of the faculty creativity and initiative, supported by our professional proposal development partners McAllister and Quinn.

While the present is vibrant and impressive, the best of UH Research is yet to come. With a new College of Medicine, the excellence and passion of our professoriate, deep engagement with Houston’s innovation ecosystem, new collaborations with the Texas Medical Center and NASA, and our broad alliance with the top energy corporations, the University of Houston will continue and indeed enhance its contribution to this great city, the third coast region and the nation.

Amr Elnashai, FREng
Vice President for Research

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Research by The Numbers


Research Expenditures


Total Funds Requested


Proposals Submitted


% Proposals Awarded


Total Amount from
New Awards FY18


Number of New
Awards in FY18


Over the last decade, UH increased research expenditures more than 78 percent. With a renewed focus on research excellence, UH saw the rise in expenditures from $99 million in FY09 to $177.4 million in FY18, with 66 percent of those expenditures from federal sources.


UH has experienced a steady rise in research activity over the last nine years, increasing nearly 30 percent in overall proposals submitted for funding. Some 18 percent more proposals were awarded in FY18 over the previous year.


There’s been a substantial increase in the number of major awards (more than $1 million) received by principal investigators and teams across the University. The average value of these major awards increased nearly 18 percent in FY18

Innovation by The Numbers


Licensing Income






World Rank in U.S.
Utility Patents

Licensing Income

UH has experienced a consistent rise in licensing income over the last decade, hitting an all-time high of $43 million for FY18. This increase marks more than a 380 percent jump from FY11.


Inventors continue to increase innovation activity across the University every year. Patents have increased 60 percent since FY11, while the number of disclosures have increased nearly 50 percent.


Research & Innovation

FY18 Research Data

UH Technology Bridge

FY18 Innovation Data