Universities

UL-Lafayette among the top 100 R&D universities in the country

UL Lafayette is now ranked among the top 100 public research universities in the nation. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) annual Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey ranks ULL 94th out of 655 research-performing colleges. ULL Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, says this is an important distinction for a Louisiana university…:

“It’s a big deal for Louisiana; have a public university – in addition to LSU of course – that is also in the Top 100”, he says.

Last year, ULL invested over $181 million in R&D; a 193% increase in funding over 8 years. Kolluru says that ULL’s contributions to science and health are something few people are aware of…including a very important project in recent years…:

“We were involved in the development of the COVID 19 vaccine which was the first vaccine to gain FDA approval for COVID 19 emergency clearance.”

In addition to the COVID vaccine research that drove Pfizer’s injections, ULL has been active in many groundbreaking advances in R&D. Kolluru says the university is still competitive for federal and state grants and private sector contracts. He says that ULL is proud to have the designation of NSF Center of Excellence in Big Data and Data Science…:

“We are now expanding to include artificial intelligence and machine learning, which are things that people care deeply about and which will be the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Kolluru expects ULL’s ranking among R&D colleges to rise further next year as more is invested in cutting-edge research.