Research & Innovation at Rice

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RESEARCH

As of 2023, three Nobel Prize laureates hail from Rice, and our world-renowned faculty members hold 47 prestigious academy memberships: 29 in the National Academies of Engineering, Science and Medicine and 18 in the American Academy of Arts and Science. They have also won 270 NSF CAREER awards in science and engineering. With their guidance, Rice’s research has unlimited potential to benefit our world.


“We seek the highest levels of excellence in our research and creative endeavors, because we know the incredible power of knowledge, inspiration and discovery.”
— Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Executive Vice President for Research

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INNOVATION

At Rice, we believe that innovative and visionary ideas deserve to be empowered so that they can reach the real world and make a lasting impact. In order to thrive, even groundbreaking ideas need community and collaboration, resources and tools, nurturing and knowledge. With significant support provided to more than a dozen startups just this year alone, Rice is shaping a future where innovation knows no bounds.


“Rice Innovation means turning groundbreaking discoveries into market-ready technologies with speed and scale to shape the future for the betterment of the world.” 
— Paul Cherukuri, Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President for Innovation

Rice Biotech
Launch Pad

Rice’s researchers are developing innovative solutions to some of the most intractable problems in modern medicine. With our new Biotech Launch Pad, we are now on a mission to ensure that their work reaches those who need it most. We aim to rechart the journey from medical discovery to lifesaving cure — and in record time.

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Energy Transition
Moonshot

Our generation must change the way we make, use and store energy. With Rice's unique location at the center of the world's energy capital, programs such as REINVENTS and the Rice Nexus are accelerating the path to market and scale for new materials, energy systems and technologies for capturing, reducing and transforming emissions. 

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Our new initiatives derive from our three strategic research areas:

Energy, climate and sustainability

Health sciences and technologies

Urban systems

RICE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

ENERGY AND CLIMATE
Rice engineers and scientists create energy and sustainability solutions for the future while forging strategic partnerships to help discoveries transition from the lab to the world
LIFE SCIENCE AND HEALTH
We redraw the limits of possibility in medical practice through research on both the minute complexities of embodied processes and the social and environmental coordinates of health.
EQUITABLE SOCIETIES
At Rice, we know that the best way to a brighter future is to build it. Through data, research, engagement and action, we work to build social harmony and prosperity for all humankind.
INFORMATION SCIENCES
Rice expands computing frontiers through quantum research, digital innovation and technological breakthroughs. We envision a world where innovation empowers humanity to reach new heights.