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R&D spending continues to rise

Research and development spending by universities rose 5.8 percent in fiscal 2009, with private industry chipping in a small but growing share of the money, according to the latest National Science Foundation survey of R&D spending.

Johns Hopkins University, with its massive Applied Physics Laboratory, continues to lead all universities in R&D expenditures, with $1.9 billion in science and engineering spending in fiscal 2009.

Industry R&D spending rose 12 percent to $3.2 billion from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009, while the much larger category of federal spending rose 4 percent to $32.6 billion.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the federal share of R&D spending has declined from 64 percent to 59 percent since 2005.

"The increase in industry's financing relative to the federal government's continued a multiyear trend that has alarmed some academic scientists and public-policy scholars. They worry that the corporate money will inevitably spur academic scientists to skew their findings to suit their sponsors' commercial interests," the Chronicle reports.

R&D rankings are somewhat misleading, because some universities (including the mighty University of California) report spending by campus, while others, including the universities of Michigan and Colorado, report as a unit.

Here, culled from a superior Chronicle chart, is a list of the top institutions by federal R&D spending, with a few local institutions tossed in.

1. Johns Hopkins U., $1.6 billion
2. U. of Michigan (all campuses), $636 million
3. U. of Washington (all campuses), $619 million
4. MIT, $533 million
5. U. of California, San Diego, $511 million
44. University of Maryland, $247 million
48. University of Virginia, $218 million
62. University of Maryland, Baltimore, $169 million
69. Virginia Tech, $148 million
86. Georgetown U., $120 million

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By Daniel de Vise  | September 30, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Rankings, Research  | Tags:  NSF R&D survey, National Science Foundation survey, R&D spending, research development spending, university R&D  
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The House Committee on Science and Technology June 12, 2007

As Dr. Alan Blinder, one of today’s witnesses testified, these examples seem to be only the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Blinder has estimated that more than one in four American jobs are vulnerable to offshoring. More striking is his finding that most American technical jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are amongst the most vulnerable to offshoring.

Posted by: bsallamack | October 1, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Fields that Americans dominated in 2000 are no longer for Americans and the enrollments of American have dropped in the key fields of the 21st century. No sense in spending $50,000 to $100,000 for education in a field where there are no jobs for Americans.

The reality is that America no longer needs education in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics since the jobs in these fields are no longer for Americans.

It takes at the least 5 years after graduation to develop expertise and experience in these fields with entry level jobs. There are no longer these entry level jobs in these fields for Americans.

These fields are becoming as relevant for Americans as the study of Latin.

Posted by: bsallamack | October 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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