Research and Innovation at the University of Hawai‘i
Research conducted by the University of Hawai‘i (UH) impacts the quality of life in the islands and around the world. Because of Hawai‘i’s tremendous geographic diversity that encompasses erupting volcanoes, frozen summits, tropical rain forests and the deep ocean, UH research is equally as diverse with its world-renowned research programs in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine and tropical agriculture. Cutting edge research facilities like the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education, Institute for Biogenesis Research, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Cancer Center and the soon-to-be constructed permanent home for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and the soon-to-be completed Daniel K. Inouye Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Maui, provide UH researchers with the necessary tools to conduct competitive research in science and technology.
The University of Hawai‘i’s flagship campus, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), is classified by The Carnegie Foundation as a research university producing “very high” research activity. It is also ranked by the National Science Foundation as one of the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in science and engineering – averaging $333 million over the past five years. Internationally, UH Mānoa is ranked between 101-150 on the Jiao Tong 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities. In 2013, UH Mānoa was elected to membership in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a leading consortium of 45 premier research universities in the region. It is one of only a handful of land-, sea- and space-grant universities in the United States.
Recently, UH Research has taken on a greater role to help diversify the state’s economy through the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative. The University of Hawai‘i has partnered with the Hawai‘i Business Roundtable to help leverage its research to create and attract new companies, cultivate talent for a knowledge-based economy and encourage the development of future technologies. The common goal is to build a thriving research enterprise that will be driven by the growth of new industries including a robust advanced manufacturing community in Hawai‘i, fueled by UH’s plans to aggressively commercialize its research and to employ and develop top researchers in several focus areas over the next decade.