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Research @ AU

Known as a college-centered research university, AU values scholar-teachers who are fully engaged both in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

American University, a Carnegie-classified research university, is deeply committed to creating knowledge, including creative and professional activity, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions. We strongly support research by our students and faculty.

Whether you are a student looking for project funding or a faculty member looking to communicate research impact, this site offers various resources to assist with research at AU. Please take a minute to look around the site to learn more about the exciting, innovative, and inspiring research taking place at American University.  

Faculty Research Support Grants

Internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities are available for 2019-2020.


Upcoming Research Events

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Reseach Highlights

Hubble Telescope

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New AU Institute Supports Research in Space Science and Technology

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Computer Science Research Aids in Mitigating Cyberthreats in Vehicles

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Medical Marijuana

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Research Reveals States with Medical Marijuana Laws Have Lower Workplace Fatalities

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Recent Publications

Book cover of Professor Boaz Atzili's Triadic Coercion

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Triadic Coercion

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New Book Explores Whether Democracy Can Handle Climate Change

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Foreign Fighter Returnees: An Indefinite Threat?

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Faculty Research

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Research Findings & Analysis
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American University has 44 Research Centers & Institutes

Over $30M in sponsored research grants

12 Fulbright student scholars