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.


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 FY19 totaled $750.8 million. Over 1,000 companies engaged in research at Rutgers in 2019 and investment of industry-sponsored research totaled $85.1 million. 

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. Rutgers’ School of Engineering is developing cutting-edge techniques in continuous manufacturing for pharmaceuticals, in partnership with Janssen and other leaders. Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute recently installed Caliburn – one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers. 


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 three 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.

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 (SJTP) and deliver the future workforce for biopharmaceutical, engineering and healthcare.


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, robotics and cybersecurity. In 2019, the University’s research expenditures totaled more than $161 million.

For over 100 years, innovation 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 6 divisions including healthcare, defense and biopharma. NJII launched BioCentriq, a state-of-the art cell and gene therapy development and manufacturing center, in 2020.  


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 researchers have a reputation for exploring some of the biggest questions in science. The University counts 45 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty, staff and alumni.

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, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

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. At Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, startups can develop and test ideas leading to commercializing transformative technology.

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Stevens University is a premier private research university with a legacy of technological innovation. It is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability.

Stevens’ university-wide Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) seeks solutions to medical technology needs and healthcare delivery challenges through education, research and partnerships that connect the fields of biology, engineering and computer science. CHI also works to strengthen the healthcare workforce by identifying skills gaps and adapting or creating curricula designed to address these gaps.

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

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Hackensack Meridian Health operates the state’s only private 4-year medical school located in Nutley and Clifton on the former campus of Hoffman-La Roche. 

The School of Medicine’s first inaugural class in 2018 included 60 students, and the 2019 class admitted 90 students. Another 123 students began their medical education in July 2020. In each of the last two classes, the medical students were picked from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants.

The school’s innovative approach includes interdisciplinary learning, the opportunity for a three-year path to residency, an optional fourth year which offers combined master’s degree or graduate certificate programs, and the Human Dimension Course. This immersive community-based experience links pairs of students to families in the community, with a focus on four domains of health: social, environmental, psychological, and medical.


Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Montclair State University’s 10 degree-granting schools and colleges serve more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs.

Faculty, leading educational programs and research in multiple disciplines across the University attracted a record-breaking $22.4 million in external grant funding for fiscal year 2020, shattering the FY 2019 record of $17.9 million.

Montclair State’s leading research centers and institutes include the Clean Energy and Analytics Sustainability Center, Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


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