U.S. universities report highest-ever R&D spending in FY 2011

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:11pm

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The National Science Foundation released a report Monday showing that university spending on research and development in all fields continued to increase between fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2011, reaching $65 billion in FY 2011. This figure represents a 6.3% increase from the previous year and includes $4.2 billion in expenditures associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The majority of university R&D was concentrated in the life sciences, which grew 6.6% to $37.2 billion. Engineering was the next largest broad field and showed a 7.7% increase to $10 billion in fiscal 2011.

Universities Report Highest-Ever R&D Spending of $65 Billion in FY 2011

Source: National Science Foundation


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