The University is a place for innovators. Dreamers. Creators. A place for students, faculty and partners who use creative thinking to approach problem solving and don’t back down from addressing the grand challenges of today and tomorrow. Our programs, approaches and initiatives embed the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all eight colleges.

As we continue to bring together great minds, innovative thinkers and relentless problem-solvers to address the grand challenges of today and tomorrow, we look to generous alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff for $50 million in philanthropic support that will provide greater resources and opportunities. Watch this video to learn more.


More than 1,000 students from a variety of majors participate in Horn Entrepreneurship at UD. From annual start-up funding competitions to a four-year Delaware Innovation Fellows program, the initiative offers hands-on opportunities to prepare students to launch start-ups, foster innovation within established companies and develop sustainable solutions to 21st-century challenges.

Expanding these initiatives and creating new opportunities will give our students the necessary tools to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.


The STAR Campus translates discoveries into practice, with space to grow education, research and engagement programs that are driven by society’s pressing needs.

Current and future development plans include:

  • STAR Tower: Ten-story building, that opened in 2018 with the College of Health Sciences occupying two-thirds of the 120,000-square-foot tower, and includes:
    • virtual reality rooms
    • modern research labs
    • expanded clinical space for primary care and therapies
    • mental health services
    • nutrition and fitness counseling
    • space for high-tech and biomedical engineering companies
  • Biopharmaceutical Innovation Building: New 200,000-square-foot building that will fuel an unprecedented partnership between academia, industry, start-ups and federal and state agencies, serving as a catalyst for new jobs, spin-off companies and manufacturing facilities. Leadership donors, Board of Trustees member Carol A. Ammon ‘11H and Marie E. Pinizzotto, M.D. ’08M, have started the fundraising for this project with a cornerstone gift of $25 million to launch the initiative.
  • Newark Rail Transportation Center: opening soon, it will serve students, researchers, faculty and the community while leveraging our central location in the mid-Atlantic region.


The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (referred to as NIIMBL), led by UD in collaboration with 150 partners, is helping America stay competitive in cutting-edge biopharmaceutical R&D. The institute was made possible with a $70 million federal grant, the largest research grant in our history, marking a new era for innovation and discovery for the University, the state and region. This has led to a transformational opportunity, a nexus where biopharmaceutical innovation meets the STAR Campus vision.

Support will help make the Biopharmaceutical Innovation Building a reality and advance this vision by supporting research that will bring safe drugs to market faster and by helping fund workforce training programs in a field that has more jobs than qualified workers.

Campaign Progress

Current Campain Progress: $840,064,252 of $750,000,000

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