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, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and the Daniel K. Inouye 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 50 public universities in research expenditures – averaging $320 million. Internationally, UH Mānoa is ranked 201-300 overall and 67-94 in the United States in the 2019 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-, sun- 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 community 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 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.