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Useful Stats: 2002 Federal S&E Obligations with Universities, by State

March 21, 2005

The National Science Foundation has released its report on Federal Science and Engineering (S&E) Support to Universities, Colleges and Nonprofit Institutions for Fiscal Year 2002, revealing the government distributed nearly $24.4 billion to the nation's research institutions during the year. The figure is 8.5 percent higher higher than the FY 2001 total of $22.5 billion.

Federal S&E obligations include six categories of spending: research and development; R&D plant; facilities for instruction in S&E; fellowships, traineeships and training grants; general support for S&E; and, other S&E activities. The distribution of spending for each category varies greatly by state.

Among the statistics included in the new NSF report are tables presenting the geographic distribution of funds by institution, state, activity and agency. More information is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf05309/htmstart.htm

SSTI has prepared a table presenting total federal S&E obligations by state for the five-year period between 1998 and 2002. During that time, federal S&E obligations rose by 51.58 percent (in real dollars). While all states experienced an increase during the five years, federal S&E obligations in some states barely kept pace with inflation. NSF EPSCoR states captured nine of the top ten rankings for percent change in obligations over the five years.

SSTI's table is available at: http://www.ssti.org/Digest/Tables/032105t.htm