Saint Louis University is searching for a Zika vaccine. We’re developing a new class of cancer drugs. We’re conducting research with drones, developing satellites for space missions and studying human happiness and well-being.

Our research impacts the world.

SLU is a premier research institution where faculty work side-by-side with graduate and undergraduate students to promote active and original intellectual inquiry. The University's Jesuit mission inspires our researchers to collaborate with local and global leaders to:

  • Fight ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger
  • Extend compassionate care to the ill and needy
  • Maintain and improve the quality of life for all

Discoveries — big and small — happen here every day.

SLU biology students are investigating life sciences at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo. Physics and engineering students are partnering to study the hydrodynamics of dolphins and whales. Aviation students are developing an unmanned aircraft prototype being evaluated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

So whether we’re finding life-saving therapies for premature babies or transforming care for our grandparents, we’re committed to reaching for a better tomorrow through our pioneering work today.

Top-Ranked Research, Recognized Impact

U.S. News & World Report ranks SLU among the top research universities in the country. 

The diversity of our funding is a direct reflection of the caliber of our work. SLU receives awards from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and other government sources, as well as private industries, associations and foundations.


in extramural funding


increase in funding from FY2014