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Research at Iowa changes lives—and not just those who benefit from a new medical treatment or technology developed by Hawkeyes.

Research creates an opportunity to have a unique, transformative academic experience. When you get involved in research, you develop practical skills that set you apart in the job market and help you find new areas of specialization you love. 

As one of the country's foremost public research institutions, there's no better place to find those experiences than Iowa. And with support for high-impact, pioneering research at the core of our mission, you can be part of a team that changes the world. 

1 in 3

undergraduates involved in research

$ 588.8

Million in external research funding

Research at Iowa

Research resources

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Office of the Vice President for Research

Find research resources, grant and funding information, and other stories highlighting Iowa's research community.
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Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates

Browse research-focused projects, internships, academic credits, and summer program opportunities available through ICRU.
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UI Ventures

Find support for startups driven by Iowa research and explore funding and consultation services.

Leadership in research

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Iowa’s landmark moments from the pandemic

On March 8, 2020, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa had its first positive test result for COVID-19. In the year that followed, the University of Iowa has been on the forefront of COVID-19 research, treatments, care, and the vaccine.

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Two new grants help train future scientists

Two new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation bring students to Iowa for active participation in research projects.

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Improving quality of life for the youngest cancer survivors

University of Iowa researcher Ellen van der Plas hopes that by examining the brain development of children battling leukemia, she can improve treatment paradigms and minimize potential long-term side effects.