As the spring semester and the legislative session drew to a close, the fiscal year 2018 state budget was approved, which included a long-term commitment to Arizona's public universities in the form of a $1B investment in research infrastructure. This action, as advanced as part of Governor Doug Ducey's executive budget proposal, will enable ASU to advance state-of-the-art research facilities in support of the groundbreaking problem-solving being conducted by our faculty and students. It will also help us to attract the best and brightest researchers and students who are looking to evolve their ideas at a top institution for innovation.
Through earlier investments that allowed the creation of the Biodesign Institute at ASU and ISTB IV, we are now able to welcome leading edge scientists like Dr. Joshua LaBaer, a top researcher conducting revolutionary cancer and personalized medicine, and Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a top planetary scientist leading the upcoming NASA mission to the metal asteroid Psyche. These are only two of the many ways that the research happening at ASU leads to game-changing knowledge and solutions that stand to impact our collective future, but the recent announcement that ASU earned a record 14 NSF early career faculty awards indicates our trajectory.
With this new support, ASU is positioned to join a select group of world-class research universities without medical schools, like MIT and Georgia Tech, and to build meaningfully on its legacy of innovation and service. We are excited to see what this growth will yield.