Total research expenditures were $44 million in FY 2020, an increase from $37 million in FY 2019, and a new high. Research awards totaled $46 million in FY 2020, compared to $37 million received during FY 2019, representing a record high since 2011. Stevens researchers submitted 299 proposals compared to 292 last year, an increase of 2.4%. Also, during FY 2020, Stevens received 22 awards between $500,000 and $5 million which is another Stevens record and exceeds last year’s 16 awards by 38%. There was a 56% increase in the number of provisional patents filed in FY 2020 from 16 in FY19 to 25 in FY20. Additionally, the Center for Neuromechanics was launched and a new director was hired to lead the Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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Goal R1

We will create and implement a foundational, holistic research ecosystem to empower and ensure that faculty actively pursue excellence in scholarship and creative activity, research productivity, Ph.D. degree production, and technology transfer. This will involve strengthening the support infrastructure, providing incentives and, in consultation with faculty, mitigate barriers to increasing productivity.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

In Year 8, work to support faculty in their research and scholarship activities continued through the following initiatives:

  • A CAREER Club was established in FY20 to help with mentorship and the submission of CAREER proposals. In Year 8, three assistant professors were awarded the NSF CAREER award.
  • The Center for Neuromechanics was launched in December 2019.
  • A new director was hired to lead the Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Goal R2

All tenure-stream faculty members will be engaged in substantive, original scholarly or creative activities, and will be expected to perform with excellence according to the standards in their respective fields. All tenure-stream faculty in STEM fields will be expected to secure external funding for their research. Non-STEM faculty are expected to be research active as well, with productivity measured by publication in the top-ranked journals and/or other venues, as well as all external support for education and research (e.g., from foundations, funding agencies, and corporations). Single- and multiple-PI peer reviewed competitive grants are high priorities, as are interdisciplinary team research efforts (centers) within STEM disciplines and across STEM and non-STEM fields. By 2022, research expenditures for Stevens will total $50 million per year. Each School/College will set objectives for externally-funded research awards, as well as the quality and number of publications and scholarly and creative works.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

In Year 8, 299 Stevens researchers submitted proposals compared to 292 last year, an increase of 2.4%. Also, during FY 2020, Stevens received 22 awards between $500,000 and $5 million. This is a Stevens’ record, and exceeds last year’s 16 awards by 38%.

As shown below, the total research expenditures increased from $37 million in FY 2019 to $44 million in FY 2020, a new high. Research awards increased from $37 million received during FY 2019 to $46 million in FY 2020, a record high since 2011.

Year 7 Total Research Expenditures

Year 8 Total Award Amount

Goal R3

We will achieve an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus that is closely connected to our teaching, research and technology transfer programs, and which welcome innovators and entrepreneurs who recognize the value of associating with Stevens. We will develop and deploy policies and incentives that advance the engagement of faculty and students in entrepreneurial activities, including Stevens Venture Center activities, also acknowledging the value of such achievements. We will pursue patents and licenses with a primary focus on return on investment.

Owner: Provost Christophe Pierre

The number of provisional and non-provisional patents filed in FY 2020 were 25 and 10, respectively; this represents an increase of 56% (16 in FY 2019) and 100% (5 in FY 2019).

The Stevens Venture Center was converted to a virtual operation, and the entrepreneurs-in-residence are committed in helping to provide guidance to Stevens faculty, students, and Stevens-affiliated companies.