Discovery and innovation at Washington State University drive economic growth throughout the Pacific Northwest. The University has a mission of service to society. Faculty team with business innovators to address urgent issues facing communities worldwide.
Research and innovation
Washington State stands among the nation’s “R1” doctoral universities—those that the Carnegie Foundation has found to have the highest levels of research expenditures, doctoral conferrals, and research staff. It applies more than $300 million in annual research and development expenditures to address the unique challenges of the 21st century.
Research priorities: The Grand Challenges
WSU research focuses on 5 key priorities: they call them the Grand Challenges. Researchers team with scholars around the world—as well as federal and state agencies, national laboratories, business and civic leaders, and philanthropists—to target these critical national and global problems:
The uncompromising pursuit of healthier people and communities
Supplying food, energy, and water for future generations
Opportunity and equity
Promoting an informed and equitable society, expanding individual opportunity, and advancing social justice
Harnessing technology to improve quality of life
Fundamental research to protect America