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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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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