Thursday, March 26, 2009

VA Ranks 28th in Percentage of Federal $ in State Research Funding

According to SSTI, NSF reports that Virginia ranks 28th in the percentage of state research dollars derived from Federal funds. Virginia's total academic research expenditures in 2007 were $972 million, nearly 60% of which came from Federal sources.

From SSTI: Total R&D Expenditures at Universities and Colleges
The National Science Foundation has made available the FY 2007 version of its Academic Research and Development Expenditures statistical tables. The release contains detailed information on research expenditures at individual academic institutions.

SSTI has prepared a table that shows for each state the amount of R&D expenditures from 2003 to 2007, the percent change and relative rank over this period, the percentage of each state's expenditures that originate from the federal government, and the relative rank of this percentage.

California led the nation with $6.7 billion in expenditures at its universities and colleges, followed by New York and Texas with $3.9 billion and $3.4 billion respectively. Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania were in the $2 billion to $3 billion range in FY07, while six states - Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin - had amounts larger than $1 billion. Fifteen states had amounts lower than $300 million.

From 2003-2007, the U.S. saw a 23.3 percent increase. Maine experienced the largest five-year jump greatly exceeding the national average, rising by 63.7 percent to $137 million in FY07. Four other states - South Dakota, Hawaii, Ohio, North Carolina - increased by more than 35 percent from 2003 to 2007. No states witnessed a decrease in expenditures over that time.

Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, as well as the District of Columbia received more than 75 percent of their academic R&D funding from the federal government in FY07. On the other end of the spectrum, Wyoming had only 32 percent come from federal funds. Nevada, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Oklahoma round out the five states with the lowest percentages of their academic R&D expenditures from the federal government.

Other sources of academic R&D expenditures in the tables come from state and local governments, industry, and the institutions themselves.

The chart is available at:

Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2007 is available at:

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