Expansion of Research Funding at SUNY State-Operated Campuses to Receive Million Annually

State University of New York Campuses Invest Million in Research Expansion

14 State University of New York campuses are making significant investments in expanding their research capacity, thanks to nearly million in annual state funding secured by Governor Kathy Hochul. This funding increase was made possible through the 2023-24 state budget, which included a historic 3 million increase in direct operating aid to SUNY’s state-operated campuses.

Governor Hochul expressed her commitment to developing the best public higher education system in the country, stating, “Through this million investment, SUNY campuses are expanding research opportunities for students and ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed.”

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. visited Buffalo State University to announce how the university plans to utilize its share of the funding. Buffalo State University will hire a pre-award specialist to help acquire more competitive research grants. The campus has already received significant research grants from federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education.

Chancellor King also visited the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State University, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2021 after a 0 million investment. The planetarium is part of the Science and Math Complex and provides hands-on technology for conducting astronomy research.

The million investment allocated to the 14 research-intensive campuses will be used in various ways:

– 11 campuses will support researchers through start-up packages, administrative support, and faculty release time.
– 7 campuses will purchase new technology and equipment for cutting-edge research.
– 4 campuses will offer stipends to support student research.
– 7 campuses will address societal problems through innovative research projects.

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. stated, “This annual investment is helping SUNY to meet the Governor’s goal of doubling research and innovation across the system, supporting groundbreaking research in areas such as artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and renewable energy.”

Buffalo State University Interim President Bonita Durand praised New York State’s commitment to investing in SUNY campuses, stating that the support will create new research opportunities for students and faculty.

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy also commended the funding increase, emphasizing the importance of investing in higher education research and innovation.

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive higher education system in the United States, serving over 1.4 million students across its 64 colleges and universities. SUNY plays a significant role in academic research in New York, with research expenditures totaling nearly .1 billion in 2022.

The investments in SUNY’s research capacity will not only benefit the campuses but also contribute to New York’s position as a hub for world-class research and innovation. To learn more about SUNY’s impact and opportunities, visit www.suny.edu.