UW-Madison was No. 2 in federal R & D funding in FY ’06

The UW-Madison was number two in terms of federal funding for research and development in academic science and engineering (S&E) fields in FY 2006, according to university-reported data collected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges.

Johns Hopkins University was first. However, it’s worth noting is that a significant portion of the funding going to Johns Hopkins is for classified research, which  UW-Madison cannot accept.  Wisconsin is in the top spot for institutions doing nonclassified funding.


Federally funded academic R&D expenditures rose 2.9% in FY 2006 to $30.0 billion. When adjusted for inflation, this represents a 0.1% decline from FY 2005 (figure 1).[1] The federal government remains the largest source of academic R&D funding, on average accounting for over 60% of total R&D expenditures since FY 1972. In constant 2000 dollars federal funding for academic R&D has increased an average of 5.5% each year since the last inflation-adjusted decline in federally funded expenditures, in FY 1982.

Of the 650 institutions surveyed, the top 20 in terms of total R&D expenditures accounted for 30% of total academic R&D spending (table 3). The top 100 research performers accounted for 80% of all R&D dollars in FY 2006. These proportions have varied little during the past two decades.[3]

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