Why is it important that UNH is a renowned land, sea,
and space-grant research university?
Research that begins in Durham improves people’s lives every single day, far beyond campus—and far beyond New Hampshire.
One can find UNH researchers engaged and making a difference throughout our communities, our economy, and our culture; from the food we eat to the ways children learn and clear through to science that’s exploring the depths of the oceans and the edge of the solar system.
“The fundamental mission of land grant universities is to apply knowledge to the people they serve,” says John Aber, UNH Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “And that connection is central to everything we do here at UNH.”
In all, the University hosts more than 80 research centers. Even a brief overview shows how UNH is connecting people with solutions for today’s most critical challenges:
The Center for Ocean Renewable Energy studies ways to harness tides, waves, winds, and currents to create a sustainable, secure energy future for the nation.
The Crimes Against Children Research Center provides data that’s helping police, schools, lawmakers, and parents build a safer world.
The UNH Survey Center gains national acclaim for exploring, and explaining, complex public policies, elections, and opinion. It now conducts some 50 major survey projects each year.
The Enterprise Integration Research Center brings together people, processes, and technologies to help businesses become more efficient, tech-savvy, innovative, and competitive.
The Center for New England Culture promotes our region’s diverse culture and history, with lectures, resources, and conferences, and curriculum tools for kindergarten through the graduate school levels.
The Institute on Disability builds collaborations and conducts research that strengthens communities and ensures full access, and equal opportunities and participation for all.
Research funding brings about $100 million a year to UNH, and the return on that investment to our citizens is astounding: Each year, the University contributes more than $1.3 billion to the state’s economy, including $800 million in revenue generation, jobs, and spending. And its role in building the state’s skilled workforce is valued at more than $560 million.
“UNH is a place filled with brilliant and tenacious scholars working in departments, centers, institutes, and field-stations trying to advance knowledge; and many are working to address some of the most difficult and pressing issues facing our communities across the world,” says Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for research.
As UNH renews its vision for 2020, Aber says that the heart of its future as a land-grant research university will be found in the active, collaborative engagement of citizens, businesses, and policymakers.
“It’s a privilege to work with great colleagues and students all across campus,” Aber says, “and to be part of an institution so deeply and genuinely dedicated to making the world a better place.”