The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is nationally recognized for pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer, and genetics.
Top Public University
One of only 32 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science and 49th overall by the National Science Foundation. In 2008, UH Mānoa received $273 million in awards, with research grants reaching $173 million and nonresearch awards reaching $100 million. Five of UH Mānoa's faculty are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences.
UH Mānoa's location in Hawaiʻi makes it home to some of the world's most unique research facilities, including 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 Kaneʻohe 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 in its facilities on Oʻahu, Maui, and the Big Island.