At Colorado State University the world’s top scientists collaborate to solve problems, discover new technologies, and save lives. Colorado State continues its upward trajectory of growth in dollar volume of its research with federal and state investments. Multidisciplinary teams utilize diverse perspectives to collaborate on challenges attractive to research sponsors.

Our rich network of centers and institutes provides a convening point for scholars of different disciplines to move discoveries in practice and technologies into the market.

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The Office of the Vice President for Research enables the University, its faculty, staff and students to emerge as a world-class research institution complementing our learning, service and outreach missions.

Alan Rudolph Vice President for Research

Meet the Vice President for Research: Dr. Alan Rudolph

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has published more than 100 technical publications in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. As a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, his earliest work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) demonstrated the translational value of strategies used by organisms that survive environmental extremes to preserve defense products such as biosensors and blood products for field deployment.


Looking to the Future

CSU is a research powerhouse, consistently counted among the top performing research universities in the nation – each year for the past decade posting more than $300 million in expenditures. Our researchers are leaders in atmospheric science, energy, water, veterinary and translational medicine, natural resources, chemistry, occupational therapy, and anthropology, and with ongoing and traditional strength in areas such as engineering and food production.

Explore our goals:

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