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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 12, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 21
JHU Ranks First in R&D Spending for 27th Year

$1.44 billion in science, medical and engineering research performed in 2005

By Lisa de Nike

The Johns Hopkins University performed $1.44 billion in science, medical and engineering research in fiscal year 2005, making it the leading U.S. academic institution in total R&D spending for the 27th year in a row, according to a new National Science Foundation ranking.

The university also ranked first on the NSF's separate list of federally funded research and development, spending $1.277 billion in FY2005 on research supported by such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the NSF and the Department of Defense.

In FY2002, Johns Hopkins became the first university to cross the $1 billion threshold on either list, recording $1.14 billion in total research and $1.023 billion in federally sponsored research that year. To date, no other institution has reached the $1 billion mark.

The University of Michigan, all campuses, was second in total R&D spending in FY2005 at $808 million. The University of Washington ranked second in federally financed R&D at $606 million.

Funding at Johns Hopkins supports projects exploring everything from the origins of the universe to the microscopic world of stem cells to strategies for curtailing infant mortality worldwide. Johns Hopkins scientists and engineers are at work in fields as wide-ranging as cell engineering, global health, nanobiotechnology and robotics.

Research conducted at the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering and Applied Physics Laboratory is supported by funding from both federal and other sources.

"The ultimate goal of all the scientific, medical and engineering research done here at Johns Hopkins is not only to increase knowledge but also to make lasting, meaningful contributions to humankind through innovation and discovery," said William R. Brody, president of the university.

Johns Hopkins had led the NSF's research expenditure rankings each year since 1979, when the agency's methodology was revised to include spending by the Applied Physics Laboratory in the university's totals. Behind Michigan on the FY2005 total research expenditure list is the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with $798 million, and the University of California, Los Angeles, at $785 million. Completing the top five, with $754 million, is the University of California, San Francisco.

The total funding ranking includes not only research support from federal agencies but also support from foundations, corporations and other sources.

To view a list of NSF publications related to academic R&D expenditures, go to:


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