Research

Research at the University of New Hampshire, a Carnegie Classification R1 university, seeks to understand and improve the world around us, with high-impact results that transform lives, solve global challenges and drive economic growth. Our research excellence reaches from the depths of our oceans to the edge of our solar system and the Earth and environment in which we all thrive. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NOAA, NASA, NSF and NIH, bringing in nearly $260 million in competitive external funding in FY21.

Recent Research

Aerial shot of research vessels at pier with words SPARK 2022 research review

SPARK 2022

SPARK 2022

UNH's annual review of research.

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Granite State Warming

Granite State Warming

Climate report finds N.H. is warmer, wetter

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Solar Windfall

Solar Windfall

NASA taps UNH to lead $250M mission

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One Million and Counting

One Million and Counting

COVID test lab surpasses million test milestone

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Get the facts

R1

Top Tier

Carnegie Classification R1

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Plasma Physics

Top 3

UNIVERSITIES IN SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS

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Ranked 2nd

in North America for Ecology Research

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Satellites

20+

NASA SATELLITES WITH UNH INSTRUMENTS

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URC

2,000+

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS IN 2019

Fields of Research

  • Space Research

    Space

    UNH is a leader in understanding and exploring space, from the Earth's magnetosphere to the local solar system and out to the farthest reaches of the universe.

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  • Climate Change Research

    Climate Change

    From the Arctic Circle to our New Hampshire backyards, UNH research is helping understand, mitigate and adapt to a new climate future.

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  • Ocean Research

    Oceans

    With expertise in ocean mapping, estuarine science and ocean engineering, the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is among the top in the nation.

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  • Earth Research

    Earth & Environment

    Ranked among the top universities in publication impact in geoscience and forestry, UNH research helps us understand and protect our environment.

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  • Vulnerable Populations Research

    Vulnerable Populations

    People with disabilities, victims of sexual assault and crimes against children, and rural populations are among those who benefit from new knowledge created at UNH.

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Global Research

  • Antarctica
    McMurdo Station, Antarctica

    Physics professor Fabian Kislat went to the extreme reaches of the planet to study the most extreme phenomena in space.

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  • New Zealand Giant Weta
    Cook Strait, New Zealand

    New research uncovers how the New Zealand giant weta communicates.

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  • UNH professor Jeannie Sowers
    Gaza

    Political scientist Jeannie Sowers researches the human cost of infrastructure attacks in Gaza and West Bank.

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  • colorful map of Michigan
    Michigan

    Interdisciplinary research sheds new light on Michigan's mysterious monuments.

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  • Costa Rica
    Costa Rica

    UNH seniors design affordable, sustainable aquaponic system.

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  • Greenland
    Petermann Gletscher, Greenland

    UNH research scientist shares his expedition to the Petermann Glacier of northwest Greenland.

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  • Sweden
    Sweden

    UNH research finds Northern lakes are major contributors of greenhouse gases.

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Institutes & Centers

More than 50 centers and institutes leverage UNH’s research strengths to make major contributions, from launching satellites to preventing campus sexual assault.

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

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Institute on Disability

Institute on Disability

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Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

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