Research & Innovation

With more than $1.37 billion in annual R&D expenditures, Penn is one of the nation’s top research universities, not only generating important new knowledge in the fields of medicine, technology, business, science, and beyond, but applying this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities at home and around the world. Innovative research that yields actionable knowledge is one of the cornerstones of Penn's vision for the future of the University.

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Research Facts


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2024 research budget


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Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Centers & Institutes

The investigative collaborations that take place at Penn represent some of today’s most cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Explore the centers and institutes that are generating new knowledge all over campus, and learn about the powerful impact this Penn-generated knowledge is making in all corners of the world.

Compliance & Training

OVPR is charged with oversight responsibility for multiple regulatory compliance areas at Penn. Given the breadth of regulations and guidelines, research compliance is a shared responsibility between numerous University offices.


OVPR manages a number of internal funding opportunities on behalf of the University as well as access to external funding opportunities.

Research Excellence Initiative

The Penn Research Excellence Initiative, spearheaded by OVPR, is a program that supports research credibility and integrity on Penn’s campus and across the Philadelphia region.

Services For Researchers (Research Portal)

Penn's Research Portal is a centralized compendium of University-wide research-related links.

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Office for the Vice Provost for Research

Suite 118 College Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6376
Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm

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Penn Center for Innovation

PCI works in partnership with Penn faculty, staff, and students to advance scientific breakthroughs and technological advances toward new products, services, and/or businesses that provide benefits back to Penn, its inventors, and society.

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Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

CURF supports students as they pursue transformative experiences through fellowships, scholars programs, and undergraduate research. CURF promotes connections between faculty and students, encourages mentorship, and educates the Penn community about opportunities.

Annual Research Digest

Research at Penn

As one of the top research universities in the world, Penn generates important new knowledge in medicine, technology, business, social science, humanities, and beyond, and applies this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities at home and around the globe. Research at Penn is an annual publication that highlights some of the groundbreaking and innovative research happening across the University’s 12 schools.

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