NJIT earns highest Carnegie Classification research rating

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has been named a “Very High Research Activity” institution by the Carnegie Classification.

NJIT is one of only three R1 research universities in New Jersey.

This year’s Carnegie Classification rates NJIT as “Very High Research Activity”— the highest category among doctoral universities. Through specialized research centers and laboratories, NJIT conducted more than $162 million in research in 2018, an increase of $32 million since 2016, according to the school.

“Receiving the R1 designation is a major achievement for NJIT and is the direct result of our faculty, researchers and staff, as well as the investments we have made to support their research agendas,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement. “This rating is a strong indicator of NJIT’s ability for, and record of, securing highly competitive research funding. This rating fortifies the appreciating reputation of NJIT among peers throughout the higher education research community.”

In recent years, NJIT researchers have received numerous research awards, including 11 National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The university has also established many new research centers, including the Institute for Space Weather Sciences, the Institute for Brain and Neuroscience Research, and The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Research Institute for Business, Technology, and Society.

“This designation reflects the transformation NJIT is undergoing,” Fadi Deek, provost and senior executive vice president of NJIT, said in a statement.

The Carnegie Classification recognizes and describes institutional diversity in American higher education. Classification is based on fiscal year 2017 institutional data submitted by NJIT to the National Science Foundation. These data show research and development expenditures in STEM and other disciplines.

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