Where research spending is constantly rising

In fiscal 2020, Johns Hopkins University spent more on research and development than any other U.S. higher education institution, closing a decade in which university research spending rose about $ 1 billion.

According to newly published data of the National Science Foundation, Hopkins – which has run national colleges and universities in research spending for more than 40 years – had R&D spending of $ 3.1 billion. That figure includes $ 1.9 billion to fund her Applied Physics Lab.

At all U.S. colleges and universities, R&D spending totaled $ 86.4 billion in 2020 – 3.3 percent more than in the previous fiscal year.

The increase is the lowest since fiscal 2015, the foundation said message on its annual research and development survey in higher education under the auspices of the National Center for Science and Technology Statistics.

The slowdown in research spending is attributed to the initial months of the pandemic, which coincided with the end of fiscal 2020 and caused the disruption in research activities. In fact, survey data revealed that in June 2020, only about a third of universities with research spending of at least $ 1 million could do “all” or “almost all” of their research and development.

The largest share of research funding, 53 percent, came from the federal government. Federally sponsored research rose 3.7 percent to $ 46.2 billion. The next largest source of research funding for universities, 25 percent, came from the institutions themselves, amounting to $ 22 billion – an increase of 4 percent.

The foundation collected data from 915 bachelor’s or higher degree institutions that spent at least $ 150,000 in research and development funds in fiscal 2019. Here’s a closer look at the data:


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