With more than $900 million 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 Compact 2020, President Gutmann’s vision for the future of the University.

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A New Chapter in Penn’s Innovation Legacy

Penn has long been a cradle of ingenuity dedicated to serving the public good. The Pennovation Center, flagship facility of the Pennovation Works, leverages this legacy by creating an environment that nurtures novel ideas and accelerates their evolution into new technologies, therapies, products and, ultimately, companies that will change the world.

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Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides a wide range of services to researchers and coordinates the following offices:


The investigative collaborations that take place at Penn represent some of today’s most cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Explore the 142 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.


As one of the nation's premier research universities, Penn provides extensive support for faculty, pre- and post-doctoral, and undergraduate research. Learn more about the opportunities, training, resources, and services Penn offers researchers across the University.

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Suite 118 College Hall University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303 (215) 898-7236
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Penn Center for Innovation (PCI)

Every day, research activities at Penn result in exciting scientific breakthroughs and technological advances that have commercial potential. PCI works in partnership with Penn faculty, staff and students to advance these discoveries and ideas towards 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)

As one of the world’s leading research universities, Penn has an array of faculty conducting cutting-edge research in all disciplines. The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships helps Penn undergraduates become involved in research by teaching them how to identify resources, narrow their searches, and shape their initial inquiries in order to find appropriate faculty mentors and research funding.

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