Centre for Research is functioning from the inception of Anna University on 4th September 1978, offering research programmes in different branches of Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Planning, Science & Humanities and Management Sciences leading to award of Ph.D. and M.S. (By Research) degrees. Faculty members are actively pursuing interdisciplinary and socially relevant research in thrust areas with state – of – the – art equipments in addition to teaching, consultancy and extension activities. Details of all recognized supervisors of Anna University are posted in the website. This Centre is offering admission to Ph.D. and M.S. (By Research) programmes twice a year. The details of research scholars are periodically updated in the website. In order to further enhance the research activities in Anna University and to become a global competitor in research, meritorious and talented youth with PG degree are attracted by creating “Anna Centenary Research Corpus” supporting 50 research fellowships every year with a stipend of Rs.12,000/- per month and a contingent grant of Rs.25,000/- per year to each scholar for a maximum period of 3 years. Full-time research scholars are covered with accident and medical relief policy. The status of Ph.D. synopsis and thesis submitted by the research scholars can be accessed online from Anna University website which is unique and first of its kind in the country. The scholars and the supervisors find this e-governance facility comfortable. The Centre is looking after the recognition of Departments of various affiliated Engineering Colleges and Industrial Units/R&D Departments to do collaborative research with this University.
The number of Ph.D. awardees of Anna University from the inception was 4028 while in the last six convocations was 2793 and in the convocation held in 2013 was 690.