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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 15, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 3
JHU Is First in R&D for 29th Year

Spending in FY2007 more than $1.5 billion

By Lisa De Nike

The Johns Hopkins University performed $1.55 billion in science, medical and engineering research in fiscal year 2007, making it the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending for the 29th year in a row, according to a new National Science Foundation ranking.

The university also ranked first — once again — on the NSF's separate list of federally funded research and development, spending $1.3 billion in FY2007 on research supported by such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, NSF, NASA and the Department of Defense.

In FY2002, Johns Hopkins became the first university to break 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 that $1 billion mark. The University of California, San Francisco ranked second in R&D spending in FY2007 at $842 million. The University of Washington was second in federally financed R&D at $620 million.

Research funding at Johns Hopkins finances everything from studies into the therapeutic potential of stem cells to projects aimed at quelling the spread of malaria, and from exploration of the solar system to the development of scientific tools so small they can only be seen with a microscope.

Research carried out at the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Nursing and Applied Physics Laboratory is supported by funding from both federal and other sources. In fiscal 2007, the university earned $12.8 million from nearly 750 licenses and patents related to research discoveries and inventions made at Johns Hopkins, up from $12.5 million in revenue in fiscal 2006.

Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins, said the university's consistent leadership position in securing research grants has become a springboard from which to launch a wide variety of new, life-improving products and businesses.

"At Johns Hopkins, one of our goals is to take what our faculty learns through research into the marketplace where it can help patients and consumers," Melissaratos said.

Johns Hopkins has led the NSF's research expenditure ranking each year since 1979, when the agency's methodology changed to include spending by the Applied Physics Laboratory in the university's totals. Behind the University of California, San Francisco on the FY2007 total research expenditure list is the University of Wisconsin, Madison at $840 million, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles at $823 million. Completing the top five, with $808 million, is the University of Michigan.

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

For a breakdown of NSF data, go to


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