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Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is recognized for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, education, tropical agriculture, cancer, and genetics.

Top Rankings

Proud to be recognized as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 50 public universities in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa maintains a vibrant and active research program with more than $300 million in new extramural funds for research in 2014.

What’s more, the University is ranked among the top world universities for its publications. According to the 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, the University of Hawaiʻi is 203rd Overall, and 80th in the United States. This ranking provides a snapshot of our continuing efforts in research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

International Reach

In 2013, UH Mānoa was elected to membership in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the leading consortium of research universities for the region. APRU represents 45 premier research universities—with a collective 2 million students and 120,000 faculty members—from 16 economies in the most dynamic and diverse region of the world.

Research News

Kaunānā is the online research publication of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Unique Facilities

UH Mānoa is home to some of the world's most unique research facilities.

For example, this includes the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics & Planetology, with laboratories in cosmochemistry, infrared spectroscopy, infrasound, paleomagnetics, and Raman spectroscopy.

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island offers year-round access to Kāneʻohe Bay as well as flumes simulating coral reef flat environments, reef microcosm tanks, controlled tidal ponds, and much more.

The Institute for Astronomy conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the Sun at its world-class astronomical observing facilities on Oʻahu, Maui, and the Big Island.

Go to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.