A Private University for the Public Good Powered by R1 Research

In 2022, DU received the honor of being designated as an R1, or new Doctoral/Very High Research university, by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, joining the ranks of 146 universities currently recognized as engaging in the highest research activity. This distinction furthers the University's commitment to empowering students and faculty to solve real-world challenges and create greater outcomes for the communities and spaces they inhabit — for the difference. To build upon our research advancements, DU announced the following new multi year investments in research.

$62.1M Research Expenditures Amount of new award funding DU received this year, a record for the University. Of the 147 new grants funded, 126 were more than $500K.

36,912 Citations Number of times the work of DU faculty was cited this year.

262 Principal & Co-PI Investigators Number of principal and co-principal investigators, which has tripled in the last 10 years, thanks largely to brand-new faculty involved in grant awards.

Creating Change Through Research

Exploring the Link Between TBI and Long COVID-19 Symptoms

University of Denver’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Linseman Laboratory studies long-term brain health effects of COVID-19 in people with and without traumatic brain injury (TBI). Under the supervision of Prof. Dan Linseman and Allison Grossberg, a fourth-year doctoral student, the laboratory investigated whether individuals with a history of both­­ brain trauma and COVID-19 have worsened long-term neurological and psychological symptoms, increased inflammation or an increased risk of neurodegenerative disease and/or auto-immunity.

Supporting Students Mental Health Needs in High Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Denver’s College of Education for their project to develop a robust school psychologist (SP) workforce that reflects the racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity of rural communities. This grant will provide the opportunity to train 32 SPs to practice in high-need rural schools in Colorado.

Preventing Postpartum Depression via an Online Self-Study

The Mental Research Institute awarded the University of Denver’s Department of Psychology for the purposes of piloting an online version of an evidence-based, universal prevention program, and family foundations with the mission to prevent postpartum depression (PPD) among mothers and their romantic partners who are at elevated risk due to individual partners’ mental health and/or relational vulnerabilities, and evaluate the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the adapted program (eFF-PPD).

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Research Funding & Support

DU invests more than $1 million annually to support faculty and student research projects. One out of five students on campus receive payment from research grants, with faculty and graduate students bringing in over $25 million in external research funding annually. The support we offer isn't limited to the financial realm, with graduates identifying the one-on-one research interactions with faculty as the most valuable part of their college experience.