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NSF Ranks R&D Spending in Higher Ed

The National Science Foundation recently released its annual ranking of total R&D expenditures for more than 900 colleges and universities.

Johns Hopkins University secured the No. 1 spot again, spending $2,305,679,000 in 2015 –  an easy feat for the private research institution, since its total funding ranking includes research at federal agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources. Second and third place were also the same, with University of Michigan, Ann Arbor ($1,369,278,000) and University of Washington ($1,180,563,000) winning respectively. Seventh place remained the same as well with Duke University ($1,036,698,000).

Other institutions moved up in the top 10, including the University of California, San Francisco, which moved up a spot to fourth place ($1,126,620,000) and the University of California, San Diego (bumped up to fifth place with $1,101,466,000). Additionally, Stanford University climbed to eighth place ($1,022,551), University of California, Los Angeles to ninth ($1,021,227,000) and Harvard University to 10th place ($1,013,753,000).

Several schools had less R&D funding in 2015. In the top 10, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was the only school to drop in ranking, falling from the fourth to sixth spot ($1,069,077,000).

Further information about each institution is available on the NSF site.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].

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