The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 29, 1999
Mar. 29, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 28


Hopkins Science Research Ranked Highest in 1997 at $724.5 Million

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The Johns Hopkins University performed $724.5 million in federally funded science and medical research and development in 1997, making it the leading academic institution in the country in such expenditures, according to a National Science Foundation ranking released this month.

Most of the funding came to Johns Hopkins from such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Defense and covered projects as diverse as the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer project and the microscopic world of stem cells. Funding supported research conducted at the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, as well as at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Hopkins has for many years ranked far ahead of all other U.S. universities in scientific research and development spending. In 1997, Stanford University was ranked second, at $332.2 million; the University of Washington followed at third, at $320.7 million; MIT was fourth, at $311.4 million; and the University of Michigan was fifth, at $296 million.

"Hopkins' scientific research expenditures, and resulting ranking, are for us an indication that the university continues to contribute discoveries and innovations that have lasting benefit to society and serve subsequent scientific exploration," said President William R. Brody. "Our research and the transfer of technology to the corporate sector has a very positive impact on Maryland's economy."

The university's economic impact also includes the use of its discoveries to promote private enterprises through both the licensing of new technology and the creation of new businesses. Hopkins researchers applied for 161 patents in calendar year 1997, and 37 were granted. The university also concluded 36 licensing or option agreements with businesses during the year.