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$82M

Sponsored research awards in 2020 fiscal year

723

Research proposals submitted in 2020 fiscal year

94

Current researchers who have achieved $1 million or more in funding since 2000

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Latest Research News

  • January 15, 2021

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    Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images

    Images of two iconic planetary nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about how they develop their dramatic features. Researchers from RIT and Green Bank Observatory presented new findings about the Butterfly Nebula and the Jewel Bug Nebula at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Friday, Jan. 15.

  • January 15, 2021

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    Researcher opens behavioral health clinic

    RIT’s behavioral health program is expanding in new directions with a clinic on campus and federal funding to deliver addiction treatment in rural communities in upstate New York and New Hampshire.

  • January 15, 2021

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    Research takes flight at Tait Preserve

    Scientists began conducting research at the Tait Preserve of RIT for the first time this summer. Researchers from the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory were the first to use the site, collecting data using imaging technology flown on unmanned aerial systems, or drones.

  • January 15, 2021

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    New institute helps RIT attack cyber threats

    For too long, cybersecurity has been an afterthought. In a preemptive strike on cyber­security threats across the world, RIT has created the Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI). Late last fall, the GCI opened the doors to its 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on campus. With the institute, RIT is on its way to becoming one of the best places in the world for cybersecurity education, training, and research.

  • January 11, 2021

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    Measurements of pulsar acceleration reveal Milky Way’s dark matter density

    Researchers have used pulsar measurements to help uncover new information about the density of dark matter in our home galaxy. In a new study led by RIT Associate Professor Sukanya Chakrabarti, researchers have now obtained the first direct measurement of the average acceleration taking place within the Milky Way.

  • January 11, 2021

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    RIT Sponsored Research garners $82 million

    RIT had its best year ever for sponsored research funding. For fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, RIT received 382 new awards totaling $82 million. The record funding follows almost $58 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019, also a record.

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