Research Growth


Over the past quarter century, researchers throughout Emory and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center have contributed to worldwide health through life-saving and life-changing biomedical discoveries.

The WHSC generated $500.7 million in external funding in fiscal year 2010, an increase of 10.5% over the previous year. Over the past 25 years, research funding in the WHSC has increased more than 3,000%.


An outstanding faculty and facilities, strong external partnerships, and institutional vision predict a future of research excellence in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

Emory School of Medicine has been one of the fastest growing research institutions in terms of support from the National Institutes of Health, and now ranks 16th nationally in this category. The school’s five-year growth rate exceeded – and in many cases doubled – that of all but one peer institution.

The Winship Cancer Institute’s status as a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, which distinguishes it as a leader in medical discovery, is projected to significantly increase patient volumes over the next five years.

The Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Cancer Coalition have awarded more than $250 million to Emory for research.

Over the past two decades, Emory has received more than $788 million in net fees and royalties based on commercialization of intellectual property, mostly in the health sciences, with annual income currently totaling approximately $20 million. A strong product pipeline in the Office of Technology Transfer holds the potential for significant future return on investment from intellectual property.

The metrics of a successful research program will continue to include our success in research funding, our facilities, and our specific accomplishments in health discovery and their benefits to patients and populations.

In addition to these traditional measurements, a new yardstick of success will focus greater attention on economic impact, workforce creation, and social outcomes.

Star Metrics is a federal and university partnership creating new ways to measure the impact of federally funded research. Star Metrics is an initiative of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and is directed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The Star Metrics model is a framework to measure the outcomes of science investments and demonstrate the benefits of these investments to the public.

Using the Star Metrics model we will measure the results of our research strategy through economic impact of research (patents and business startups), workforce outcomes (student mobility into the workforce and employment markers), scientific outcomes (publications and citations) and social outcomes (long-term health and environmental impact).

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Research Strategic Plan