The Impact of University Research


Tulane is the region’s leading research university, directly contributing to the economic growth of the City of New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans area and the State of Louisiana in several ways.

  • Between fiscal years 2006 and 2011, total research spending rose by 44 percent, to a high of $171.7 million.

  • Tulane's research enterprise attracts tens of millions of dollars in research funding from outside the region, most of which is then spent locally. In fiscal year 2013, federal research grants and contracts accounted for 61 percent (nearly $98 million) of total research spending.

  • The Tulane Center of Excellence (CoE) for Coastal Protection and Restoration on the Riverfront campus will provide a university-wide focal point for research on the physical, biological, social and economic dimensions of coastal protection, water resources and related topics.

  • The Tulane Cancer Center is a matrix center that supports the work of more than 100 university faculty members in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. In 2012, the center's funding included about $11 million from the National Institutes of Health.