Driving Discovery and Innovation

UGA researchers are committed to uncovering how things work and how things can work better—from precision agriculture to disease treatments to sustainable solutions for our world.

The drive to discover and innovate is advancing the University’s progress in research and development expenditures. Funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation has increased 65% over the last six years. Faculty research has led to hundreds of commercial products, placing UGA among the top five universities in the nation for new products reaching the market for eight consecutive years. And collaborations with industry partners are advancing technology and strengthening our economy.

Top 5 University for new products to market 8 consecutive Years (AUTM)
65% increase in NIH/NSF expenditures over the past 6 years
Delta Innovation Hub

The UGA Innovation District has continued to grow, expanding our startup pipeline and collaborative research efforts.

In December 2021, thanks to the generosity of The Delta Air Lines Foundation, we dedicated the Delta Innovation Hub, the Innovation District’s newest facility and home of our thriving startup program. The facility hosts innovation and entrepreneurship programs along with alumni- and faculty-owned startup companies.

This year, Truist Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations provided UGA with a $1.25 million gift to enhance collaborative spaces and support and develop programs, like the hugely successful Innovation Bootcamps, which engage entrepreneurs and small businesses in the UGA and Athens communities.

The Future of Transportation

Enhancements in electric powertrain technologies for modern vehicles will unlock new possibilities for transportation. In January 2022, S. Jack Hu, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, announced the launch of a campus-wide Electric Mobility Initiative to explore the potential opportunities for UGA’s involvement in the electrification of transportation infrastructure.

UGA is investing $1 million in seed funding over the next five years to initiate new projects such as the E-Mobility Certificate, research activities in battery reuse and recycling, and the creation of a related laboratory in the new I-STEM Research Complex. A $250,000 gift from Georgia Power Company is establishing a new professorship to advance research, teaching, and public service in this rapidly accelerating field.