Research Universities

New Jersey research universities – including top-ranked Princeton University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – have a long history of supporting the research needs of the private sector.

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Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s 8th oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Its New Brunswick location is the only public institution in New Jersey represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Rutgers also is a member of the Big Ten Conference and its academic counterpart, the Big Ten Academic Alliance – a consortium of 14 world-class research universities.

The University’s externally-sponsored research grants and contracts in FY17 totaled $608.7 million. Federal funding for Rutgers research was approximately $301.3 million in FY17. Research expenditures exceed $656 million annually, which ranks Rutgers among the top 20 public universities in the nation for total R&D funding.

One of Rutgers’ highest priorities is expanding collaboration and partnerships with industry. The University launched a business portal which offers access to four key areas – research, technology licensing, professional development and recruiting. The University is investing in research, facilities, and equipment that will drive innovation in the private sector. Rutgers’ School of Engineering is developing cutting-edge techniques in continuous manufacturing for pharmaceuticals, in partnership with Janssen and other sector leaders. Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute recently installed one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers, Caliburn, which will be available for use by industry


Rowan University has a reputation for undertaking applied research in medicine, engineering, the environment, biological sciences and a broad range of other fields—all with the goal of solving real-world problems.

One of just two universities in the nation that offers both M.D. and D.O. degree-granting programs, the research institution maintains extensive partnerships with government, business and industry operations around the world, often serving as the de facto R&D arm for them.

Faculty and students conduct broad research in, among other areas, the College of Science & Mathematics, Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and South Jersey Technology Park. The University is active in drug development, medical devices, diagnostics and digital health—partnering with hospitals and industry to deliver customized solutions, spin out businesses in its Technology Park and deliver the future workforce for biopharmaceutical, healthcare, engineering and other companies.

Rowan Innovations, housed at the Technology Park, helps faculty, students and startup companies navigate the complexities of business. The $5 million Rowan Innovation Venture Fund supports companies in the University and in the community. And the University is committed to building the regional economy.


One of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that focuses on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It has over 25 dedicated outreach centers and laboratories, covering stem cell, brain injury and tissue engineering, to robotics and cybersecurity. In 2016, the University’s research expenditures totaled more than $121 million.

For over 100 years, economic development has been a mainstay of NJIT. Launched in 2014 as an NJIT corporation, the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) became a corporate entity that partners with industry and government to provide innovative and practical solutions for economic development, technical assistance, joint ventures and commercialization of technology. Serving industry-led agendas, NJII is comprised of 5 iLabs including healthcare delivery systems, biotechnology and pharmaceutical production.

The Enterprise Development Center (EDC) is also part of NJII. The EDC is New Jersey’s largest high technology and life science business incubator – and one of the largest in the nation. EDC resident companies have attracted more than $82 million in 3rd-party funding and have generated revenues of $50 million.


Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and in the service of humanity.

As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. Princeton is notable among research universities for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. But Princeton researchers also have a reputation for exploring some of the biggest questions in science. In 2015-2016 alone, external sources funded more than 1,400 projects at Princeton. The University counts 42 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty, staff and alumni.

This transformative research at Princeton includes the life sciences. Princeton’s ability to make groundbreaking life science discoveries arises from its leading science and engineering departments and an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon strengths throughout the University. Princeton is also home to numerous life science-related centers and institutes, including the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics; the Merck Catalysis Center; the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Molecular Synthesis; and the Small Molecule Screening Center.

Princeton University works with industry to develop collaborations that accelerate innovation, are mutually beneficial, and help the University’s fundamental research extend beyond campus to practical applications. Businesses can support fellowships; bring innovations to the world through licensing and technology transfers; and access the University’s core research facilities. In Fall 2017, Princeton will open an off-campus incubator, with wet lab, dry lab and office start-up space.


Stevens Institute of Technology’s Biotechnology and Drug Discovery Laboratory in the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) is a premiere research and training facility.

CHI partners with Stevens’ faculty, students and external academic and industry collaborators who require the expertise of the laboratory to advance their research. The laboratory explores therapeutic disease targets and identifies model compounds that could be used as structure/activity entry points and scaffold platforms in drug discovery projects.

Faculty, research scientists and associates with extensive experience in biotechnology and drug discovery, operate the facility. They provide industry collaborators with a local academic partner for workforce training. They also serve as a research resource for: protein structure-based and in silico drug screening and discovery; assay development and robotic drug screening; preclinical gene cloning; and, purification of proteins.

The CHI Biotechnology and Drug Discovery Laboratory nurtures entrepreneurship, contributes to maintaining New Jersey as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology hub, and, it positions Stevens as a premier university and industry partner for biotechnology and drug discovery.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health have partnered to open a 4-year medical school in Nutley and Clifton. The school – which will be the only private medical school in the State – is hoping to open its doors to the first year’s class in fall of 2018. Ultimately, the partners expect an enrollment of 125 to 150 students in each 1st-year class per year.

The new medical school will be on the former campus of Hoffmann-La Roche. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners approved the plan in early 2015, pending the approval of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the group that accredits U.S. medical schools.

The partners have combined Hackensack Meridian Health’s extensive clinical and research expertise with Seton Hall’s academic expertise in the sciences, nursing, and health and medical sciences.Hackensack Meridian Health’s hospitals will be teaching sites for Seton Hall’s medical students. Both partners believe bringing their strengths together will create a world-class institution that prepares top-flight future healthcare professionals.


A public research university, Montclair State University delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment. The University’s 11 colleges and schools serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, in more than 300 doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate level programs.

The University’s new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences is devoted to environmental, health and pharmaceutical science research. The Center was designed to foster academic/industry partnerships and collaborations.

With 107,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art Center features classrooms and research labs, expanding the University’s science research infrastructure by 50%. The University’s other institutes and centers include the Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences and the New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology.


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