Breakthroughs Happen Here

Groundbreakers come to the University of Pittsburgh to find answers and ask bold new questions. A research powerhouse by any measure, we are consistently among the top U.S. institutions for National Institutes of Health funding. Here, you’ll find students diving into research in their first term. The prerequisites? Curiosity, a solid work ethic, and a sense of purpose.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Pitt empowers faculty members and students to innovate, create businesses and transform society and their own careers.

Undergraduate Research

Student Research

Undergrads can begin conducting hands-on research with expert faculty members as early as their first year at Pitt.



The University's libraries stand at the center of intellectual life on campus. Pitt is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

Pitt Research

Here, progress is always in progress.

Pitt people are developing cures and therapies for diseases, working with communities to battle the opioid epidemic, supporting small businesses, and building the future of advanced manufacturing—among many other contributions.

Research News

$1B+ in Research

$1B+ in Research Pitt brings more than $1 billion external research funding to Pennsylvania each year.

PA Economic Impact $4.2B

PA Economic Impact $4.2B Pitt generates billions of dollars for Pennsylvania's economy.

83+ Companies in Five Years

83+ Companies in Five Years Pitt spinoff companies lead the way in life-changing inventions and innovations.

No. 6 in NIH Funding

No. 6 in NIH Funding Pitt ranks among the nation's great universities in National Institutes of Health funding.

4 MacArthur 'Genius' Awards

4 MacArthur 'Genius' Awards Awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.

5 National Medal of Science Winners

5 National Medal of Science Winners Bestowed by the President of the United States to outstanding contributors to science and engineering.

8 National Academy of Sciences Members

8 National Academy of Sciences Members Created by President Lincoln, the NAS provides independent advice to the government on science and technology.

Pitt Research Spaces

Human Engineering Lab

Located in Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square business park, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) is dedicated to improving the mobility and function of people with disabilities.

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Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology
Pymatuning Lab

The Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is a year-round facility on the shores Pymatuning Lake that is part of Pitt's Department of Biological Sciences.

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Center for Vaccine Research
Center for Vaccine Research

The Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is composed of the Vaccine Research Laboratory and the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory. The CVR engages a cross-section of scientists in infectious disease research.

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Nanoscale Facilities
Nanoscale Facilities

The Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF) is supported by the integrated, multidisciplinary organization, the Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering.

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The Center for Sports Medicine
Center for Sports Medicine

Research conducted by the center’s sports medicine specialists—including Pitt professors—helps to develop better methods of treating and preventing sports-related injuries and diseases.

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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
McGowan Institute

The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a facility for leading scientists and clinical faculty working in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and artificial and biohybrid organ devices.

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