Cornell Research

Extreme Talent. Radical Collaboration. Results That Matter.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017

National Ranking by Research Expenditures

# 13

State Ranking by Research Expenditures

# 1

Cornell Total Research Funding

$985.5 Million

Top Sources of Federal Funding

National and state rankings: National Science Foundation, FY 2016
All other stats: Cornell University Sponsored Financial Services, FY 2017 (research expenditures)

Top 10 Research Disciplines

Externally Sponsored

Biological & Biomedical Sciences $191.8 M

Health Sciences $176.3 M

Agricultural Sciences $50 M

Physics $34.9 M

Other Physical Sciences $25.7 M

Chemistry $20.9 M

Computer & Information Sciences $17.4 M

Electrical/Electronic & Communications Engineering $13.2 M

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering $10.6 M

Astronomy & Astrophysics $10.2 M

Cornell University Sponsored Financial Services, FY2017 (research expenditures)
Disciplines are defined by the National Science Foundation

Cornell Innovations

New Startup Companies

Seven in New York State

ASP Surgical Inc. - New York, NY
Cleerly Inc. - Brooklyn, NY
Dynamic Boundaries Inc. - Ithaca, NY
Esper Biosciences - Ithaca, NY
Fitzroy Salute LLC - New York, NY
Noria Therapeutics Inc. - New York, NY
Vita Scan Inc. - Ithaca, NY


Five Worldwide

AffyImmune Therapeutics Inc. - Natick, MA
Airy3D Inc. - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Bactana Corporation - New Canaan, CT
GrokStyle Inc. - San Francisco, CA
VerNX Biotechnology Pty Ltd. - Fairy Meadow, Australia

Commercial Licenses
43 Inventions
40 Plants
4 Copyrights
Patents Issued

Patents Issued

- 130 in the United States
- 211 Internationally


Patents Filed

- 254 in the United States
- 240 Internationally


494 Total Patents Filed

New Technologies Disclosed
348 Inventions
73 Plants
14 Copyrights
$15.2 M
$11.5 M from Licensing
$3.7 M from Patent Expense Reimbursement

Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University, FY 2017

Cornell Distinctions


Faculty were inducted into the distinguished national academies in 2017.

Stephen T. Coate

Geoffrey W. Coates

Maria Cristina Garcia

María Cristina Garcia

Suzanne B. Mettler

Fred B. Schneider

Darrell G. Schlom

Ilana L. Brito

Guillaume Lambert

Kyle M. Lancaster

Nilay Yapici

Jeremy M. Baskin

Pamela V. Chang

Andrew J. Hicks

Avery August

Edward E. Baptist

Ishion Hutchinson

Geoffrey W. Coates

Ishion Hutchinson

Ilana L. Brito

Michael Sheehan

Iwijn De Vlaminck

Ludmilla Aristilde

Jacob Bien

Lena F. Kourkoutis

David Mimno

Andreea C. Minca

Perrine Pepiot

Meredith Silberstein

Christopher Studer

Yimon Aye

Robert F. Shepherd

Roberto Sierra

Advanced Laboratory for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Mid- and Late-Life Depression (ALACRITY)

Mood Disorders

George Alexopoulos, Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine, received a $4 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to establish the center, which will investigate new ways of treating depression in older and middle-aged adults.

Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH)

Innovative Transportation Research

Huaizhu Oliver Gao, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, along with a team of Cornell researchers, received funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program to lead a consortium of universities—University of California at Davis, University of Texas at El Paso, and University of South Florida—in advancing transportation research and technology.

Center for the Study of Inequality

Supporting New Research

Led by Kim A. Weeden, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, the center received a $10 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to support new research and educational opportunities on the causes and consequences of inequality.

Cornell Finalists for NASA’s New Frontiers Project

Robotic Mission for 2020

Steven W. Squyres and Alexander Hayes, Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences, were chosen as leaders for a NASA astrobiology science mission. Squyres is principal investigator for the Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR)—a comet sample return mission—and Hayes is payload lead.

Cornell Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Collaborative Research Center

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A team of Cornell researchers received $9.4 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to form the center, which spans the Cornell Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Boyce Thompson Institute—investigating chronic fatigue syndrome. The researchers are Maureen R. Hanson, Molecular Biology and Genetics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Andrew W. Grimson, Molecular Biology and Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences; Dikoma Shungu, Radiology/Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Global Health, and Technology (INSiGHT)

Technology for Minimal Resources

Saurabh Mehta, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Ecology, and David Erickson, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, founded the institute to help solve complex nutritional and health problems, using modern technological tools and fostering nontraditional partnerships.

Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

Startups with Results That Matter

Three Cornell startups, ready to have an impact in the world, graduated from the McGovern Center: Embark (dog DNA testing), Lionano (improved lithium ion batteries), and Sterifre Medical (sterilization and decontamination).


A Cornell Research Hub for Brain Imaging

Cornell received $9 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to establish a neurotechnology hub—developing new technologies for imaging the brain and disseminating them to the neuroscience community. NeuroNex’s principal investigators are Chris Xu, Applied and Engineering Physics, College of Engineering; Joseph R. Fetcho and Nilay Yapici, Neurobiology and Behavior, College of Arts and Sciences; Chris B. Schaffer, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; and Mert R. Sabuncu, Electrical and Computer Engineering/Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.

Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases

Insect-to-Human Diseases

A $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the center, led by Laura C. Harrington, Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to help understand, prevent, and treat diseases passed from insects to people.


A Weill Cornell Medicine First

Mark A. Rubin, Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, received a five-year, $11.3 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute. Rubin, along with Himisha Beltran, Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, will tackle research for improving the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer.