As a global research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding.

The initiatives featured in this section have been selected for their likelihood of relevance to external partners.

But CEFR works to support all research areas across the University in engineering and applied sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. We encourage you to contact the appropriate strategic research partnership specialist for information about any research area.


Bioengineers at Princeton achieve far-reaching impact by answering fundamental questions about how living systems work while bringing an engineering approach to solving real-world problems. The expansion of bioengineering at Princeton, reflected in the founding of the bioengineering initiative and a planned BioE facility, offers growing opportunities for collaboration with industry, government, and nonprofit partners. 

Blockchain and Decentralization of Power

The strength of Princeton's faculty in computation, computer science, internet policy, and financial engineering has made Princeton a leader in developing the next generation of technology in cryptocurrency, blockchain and decentralized finance.


Princeton works with partners to support the latest cancer research and accelerate the progress of life-science innovation toward real-world impact.

Environment, Energy & Sustainability

Princeton University’s research across the spectrum of environmental issues is making pivotal contributions to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance and innovation.

New Jersey Smart Cities Working Group

Led by Princeton's Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, the central research offices of Princeton, Rutgers and other academic institutions in New Jersey have formed a working group, in coordination with the State's Chief Innovation Officer, to pursue collaborative opportunities for “smart cities” research in New Jersey. 

Princeton-HBCU Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation

Princeton University is partnering with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and historically Black colleges and universities to launch a groundbreaking program designed to enable research collaborations between Princeton faculty and their peers at HBCUs.

Quantum Science and Engineering

There is a vibrant community at Princeton working on quantum science and engineering across many departments, building upon the University's renowned legacy in physics and the computational sciences.


NextG research at Princeton draws on multiple disciplines and ranges from underlying theory to high-impact applications. From the edge to the cloud, and from circuits to sensors to security, Princeton researchers are creating the intelligent networks of the future.