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University of Houston researchers and inventors are transforming ideas into innovations. Our innovators are developing new technologies that span across the delivery of healthcare to harnessing our natural resources. We are also thought leaders around the creation of art and designing programs that support our diverse Houston community.

Research at A Glance

Undergraduate Research

UH’s undergraduate students hone their skills through a multitude of opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored research projects. These experiences enhance students’ abilities to sharpen their leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills that will fuel their success in organizations, institutions and communities after graduation.

Graduate Research

The UH Graduate School cultivates and fortifies academic excellence in graduate and professional education. A Carnegie-designated Tier One Research University, UH offers master’s degrees in 133 fields and doctoral degrees in 62 fields. With more than $150 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2015, UH delivers more than 6,000 graduate students valuable opportunities to research under esteemed scholars, who are invested in basic research, knowledge sharing and transferring research into real-life applications and technologies.

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National Research Centers

UH leads five nationally-funded centers, comprising numerous collaborations with partner institutions and industry. Sponsored by nearly $20 million in funding, these centers pioneer groundbreaking research in the areas of energy, materials, psychology, laser mapping and homeland security.

  • Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute

    Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI)

    ASMI is an industry-driven consortium focused on the advanced manufacturing of high-temperature superconductors in the U.S.

  • Borders, Trade and Immigration Institute

    Borders, Trade and Immigration (BTI) Institute

    BTI addresses national challenges related to borders, trade and immigration through innovations in technology, informed policy, and mission-focused education and training programs. BTI became a DHS Emeritus Center of Excellence in 2021. 

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    Center for Integrated Catalysis (CIC)

    The Center for Integrated Catalysis (CIC) develops the fundamental chemistry needed to prepare synthetic plastics from pools of abundant feedstocks in a single reactor using spatially separated and temporally switchable catalysts. 
  • HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention

    HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention

    The HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention is designed to establish a national exemplar for how community-engaged research can accelerate scientific breakthroughs that can be rapidly disseminated and implemented directly into the targeted community by trained laypersons or paraprofessionals.
  • National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping

    National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)

    NCALM uses Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) to acquire research quality LiDAR observations to National Science Foundation-funded principal investigators.

  • National Center ESL Middle and High School

    Center for Success of English Learners

    UH's newest national center focuses on research aimed at leveling the playing field for middle and high school students who grow up hearing a language other than English in their homes.
  • Subsea Systems Institute

    Subsea Systems Institute (SSI)

    SSI is a collaborative effort with Rice University and NASA to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Texas Center for Learning Disabilities

    Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (TCLD)

    TCLD investigates the classification and measurement, cognitive, intervention and neuroimaging aspects of learning disabilities.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UH’s rapid investment in its innovation ecosystem is strategically significant for entrepreneurial faculty, students and alumni interested in guiding new discoveries into the market place or establishing partnerships to launch new companies. In fact, UH earned the designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the APLU.

UH ranks #1 in the nation among all public universities without medical schools in royalties from technology transfers. With more than $22 million a year in royalties, UH has seen a 400% increase in patent income since 2010.

  • $59MRoyalty Earnings (FY20)
  • 40U.S. Patents (FY20)
  • 72Invention Disclosures (FY20)
  • 22National Academy of Inventors Members

The UH Technology Bridge and Bauer College of Business provide integrated facilities and programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, all which synthesize new concepts from ideas though invention.

  • UH Innovation Center & Labs

    UH Innovation Center & Labs

    UH's Innovation Center and Labs offer opportunities for fast-moving startups interested in connecting to entrepreneurial resources or moving technologies to the next level.

  • NSF I-Corps

    NSF I-Corps

    Through UH's National Science Foundation I-Corps program, UH shepherds new technologies to commercial development.

  • Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

    Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

    WCE is an excellent source of entrepreneurially-minded students who create and participate in startup companies based on UH technologies.

  • RedLabs


    RED Labs is UH’s startup accelerator and tech co-working space designed to help companies make a rapid start.

  • 3 Day Startup

    3 Day Startup

    3 Day Startup is a three-day intense workshop where students can accelerate their ideas into companies.

  • Small Business Development Center

    Small Business Development Center

    The UH Small Business Development Center is a great on-campus resource for startups or more established companies.

Division of Research

Division of Research

UH’s Division of Research bolsters its growing research enterprise from the development of large-scale multidisciplinary research efforts through the patenting and licensing of technologies. The Division’s robust sponsored research and compliance endeavors are designed to shepherd all levels of researchers — faculty, staff or students, sponsored or non-sponsored — through efficient and ethical research protocols.

Big Idea Section
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Scratching your head about research issues?

The Big Idea is a blog about the business of research published by the Division of Research at the University of Houston. It covers an array of topics: from compliance and safety issues to startups and innovation. It was envisioned as a forum for showcasing best practices, addressing timely issues and collecting expert opinions from the many fields of research administration.

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