Research

Columbia has a long and distinguished history in the discovery of knowledge. We work to foster the continuation of those creative endeavors and to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of scholarship, learning, and safety.

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$1+ BILLION

In Annual Research

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350

New Inventions Annually

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84

Nobel Laureates

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Over 200

Research Centers and Institutes

Research at Columbia

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Irving Medical Center

includes the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health.

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Zuckerman Institute

brings together researchers from across the University to study the brain, gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere.

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Data Science Institute

is dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in data science, to its application in all fields, and ensuring the responsible use of data to benefit society.

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

scientists scrutinize the earth from its core to its atmosphere, exploring the origin, evolution, and future of the world.

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Columbia World Projects

is home to the Obama Foundation Scholars, which uses Columbia research to tackle global challenges and positively affect people’s lives.

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Earth Institute

blends research in the physical and social sciences, education, and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.

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Free Speech Initiative

deals with litigation, research, and education. It includes Knight First Amendment Institute, Global Freedom of Expression, and other centers.  

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Columbia Science Initiative

partners across Columbia to commit our world-class resources to urgent, global challenges in climate, health, and innovation.