Research universities are unique in our nation’s system of higher education. Faculty at these institutions are engaged in a wide array of research and scholarship activities that inform and broaden knowledge in and across academic disciplines. These activities result in innovative new ideas, intellectual works, and discoveries that cure disease, protect our environment, secure our nation, grow the economy, and advance arts and culture in our local communities. Learn about how AAU universities impact people’s lives on a daily basis.
Tulane University researchers are investigating the possible results of lead exposure in wildlife.
New research shows manmade and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central U.S. share the same characteristics, information that will help scientists predict and mitigate damage from future earthquakes.
Alzheimer's researchers at Washington University in St. Louis believe a certain gene mutation causes energy shortages in immune cells that protect the brain.
AAU has created a series of special pages to highlight university research that address major societal challenges such as maintaining the supply of fresh water and learning about brain disease.
Federal budget constraints have reduced funding for research, even as other nations increase their own. We must strengthen our investment in research to maintain our scientific and technological leadership and our economic competitiveness.
Scholarship lies at the heart of academic life and is central to evaluating the intellectual pursuits of faculty at research universities. Learn more about how AAU works with its members to promote, preserve and enhance scholarship.