Research at Stanford

Stanford research is remarkable in both its breadth and depth. Stanford research programs reflect the expertise, creativity and initiative of the faculty who set the research agenda. Stanford faculty have a long tradition of engaging with their colleagues and students within Stanford’s seven schools and working across disciplines.

Sponsored Research

There are more than 6,000 externally sponsored projects throughout the university, with the total budget for sponsored projects at $1.63 billion for 2018-19, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC). Of these projects, the federal government sponsors approximately 80 percent, including SLAC. Also, nearly $330 million in support comes from non-federal funding sources.

National Research Programs with Centers at Stanford

  • Departments of Plant Biology and Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • National Bureau of Economic Research

Independent Laboratories, Centers and Institutes

There are 18 independent laboratories, centers and institutes that provide a physical and intellectual intersection between schools and disciplines. These institutes are in line with Stanford’s longstanding tradition of crossing boundaries to tackle large problems, engaging faculty and their students in collaborations that range from international and economic studies to studies on the environment, energy and health.

  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)
  • Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI)
  • Stanford Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine for Human Health
  • (ChEM-H)
  • E. L. Ginzton Laboratory
  • Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford
  • (FSI)
  • Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM)
  • Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC)
  • Precourt Institute for Energy
  • PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science
  • Stanford Bio-X
  • Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL)
  • Stanford Humanities Center (SHC)
  • Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
  • Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES)
  • Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and
  • Education (Spectrum)
  • W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory (HEPL)
  • Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Other Special Research Centers

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Stanford. Research at SLAC addresses questions in chemistry, materials and energy sciences, bioscience, fusion energy science, high-energy physics, cosmology, advanced accelerator development and other fields. More than 2,700 scientists worldwide use the lab’s facilities each year, and more than 700 scientific papers are published annually based on research at SLAC—research that has earned four Nobel prizes.

The Hoover Institution, devoted to the study of domestic and international a airs, was founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, a member of Stanford’s Pioneer Class of 1895 and the 31st U.S. president. One of the first “think tanks” in the United States, the institution has more than 100 resident scholars/specialists.

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, located in the Santa Cruz foothills about 15 minutes from the main Stanford Campus, encompasses 1,200 acres and provides a natural laboratory for ecosystem research and teaching. Docent-led tours are offered to groups aligned with the preserve’s mission “to contribute to the understanding of the Earth’s natural systems through research, education, and protection of the preserve’s resources.”

Hopkins Marine Station opened in 1892 as the first marine research facility on the Pacific Coast and the second in the United States. Located on Monterey Bay, Hopkins is home to marine research and study by 11 faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students.

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