Research

Research at the University of New Hampshire, a Carnegie Classification R1 university, seeks to understand and improve the world around us, with high-impact results that transform lives, solve global challenges and drive economic growth. Our research excellence reaches from the depths of our oceans to the edge of our solar system and the Earth and environment in which we all thrive. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NOAA, NASA, NSF and NIH, bringing in more than $110 million in competitive external funding each year.

Research on the Edge

Illustration of NASA's Parker Solar Probe at the sun

Edge of the Solar System

Here Comes the Sun

UNH contributes to NASA's first mission to the Sun

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Exploring the Seafloor

Exploring the Seafloor

No one dives deeper to understand our planet

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Excellence in Ecology

Excellence in Ecology

UNH ranks second nationally in ecological research, scholarship

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Living Bridge

Living Bridge

Our engineering researchers have made Memorial Bridge a showcase for smart infrastructure

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Recent Research

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For Teens, Greater Outdoors

For Teens, Greater Outdoors

Study finds adventure therapy cheaper than traditional therapy

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UNH president, NASA head, EOS head, Senator Shaheen pose in front of UNH-NASA banner

NASA Lands at UNH

NASA Lands at UNH

Administrator Bridenstine tours Space Science Center

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Yellow autonomous surface vehicle in the ocean

Searching for Amelia

Searching for Amelia

UNH technology aids in latest search for Earhart’s plane

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NASA image of Gulf of Mexico from space

GLIMR of Ocean Hope

GLIMR of Ocean Hope

Largest NASA grant in UNH history focuses on coastal ecosystems

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Get the facts

R1

Top Tier

Carnegie Classification R1

 

Plasma Physics

Top 3

UNIVERSITIES IN SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS

 

Ecology Leaf icon

Ranked 2nd

in North America for Ecology Research

 

Satellites

20+

NASA SATELLITES WITH UNH INSTRUMENTS

 

 

URC

2,000+

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS IN 2019

Fields of Research

  • Space Research

    Space

    UNH is a leader in understanding and exploring space, from the Earth's magnetosphere to the local solar system and out to the farthest reaches of the universe.

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  • Climate Change Research

    Climate Change

    From the Arctic Circle to our New Hampshire backyards, UNH research is helping understand, mitigate and adapt to a new climate future.

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  • Ocean Research

    Oceans

    With expertise in ocean mapping, estuarine science and ocean engineering, the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is among the top in the nation.

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  • Earth Research

    Earth & Environment

    Ranked among the top universities in publication impact in geoscience and forestry, UNH research helps us understand and protect our environment.

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  • Vulnerable Populations Research

    Vulnerable Populations

    People with disabilities, victims of sexual assault and crimes against children, and rural populations are among those who benefit from new knowledge created at UNH.

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Global Research

  • Antarctica
    McMurdo Station, Antarctica

    Physics professor Fabian Kislat went to the extreme reaches of the planet to study the most extreme phenomena in space.

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  • New Zealand Giant Weta
    Cook Strait, New Zealand

    New research uncovers how the New Zealand giant weta communicates.

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  • UNH professor Jeannie Sowers
    Gaza

    Political scientist Jeannie Sowers researches the human cost of infrastructure attacks in Gaza and West Bank.

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  • researcher on a tower in Denali Park
    Denali National Park

    The Arctic is the globe's refrigerator, and UNH researchers want to know who left the door open.

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  • colorful map of Michigan
    Michigan

    Interdisciplinary research sheds new light on Michigan's mysterious monuments.

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  • Costa Rica
    Costa Rica

    UNH seniors design affordable, sustainable aquaponic system.

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  • Greenland
    Petermann Gletscher, Greenland

    UNH research scientist shares his expedition to the Petermann Glacier of northwest Greenland.

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  • Sweden
    Sweden

    UNH research finds Northern lakes are major contributors of greenhouse gases.

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Institutes & Centers

More than 50 centers and institutes leverage UNH’s research strengths to make major contributions, from launching satellites to preventing campus sexual assault.

Prevention Innovations Research Center

Prevention Innovations Research Center

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Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

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Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

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Faculty Honors

Inventor and computer scientist Wheeler Ruml with a robot

Excellence

Recognizing the many faculty who have received honors and awards.

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AAAS Honor

AAAS Honor

Environmental science professor William McDowell is named a AAAS fellow.

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Researcher Meghan Howey in the field, shoveling

Meet a Researcher

Meet a Researcher

Video insights into some of UNH's most investigatory minds.

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