Penn State ninth nationally in science, engineering R&D spending

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State rose to ninth place among all the nation's colleges and universities in total research and development expenditures on science and engineering for fiscal 2008-09, according to a recent survey by the National Science Foundation. The survey also showed that Penn State ranked ahead of all other Pennsylvania institutions.

The University had ranked 11th nationally and second in Pennsylvania during the previous fiscal year.

Expenditures on science and engineering R&D in 2008-09 totaled about $753 million, up by 7 percent from the year before.

"The growth of research at Penn State reflects the exceptional quality of our faculty and their dedication to expanding the frontiers of knowledge and making our world a better place," said Henry C. Foley, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. "It's also clear evidence that public agencies, private industry, foundations and other potential sources of support have tremendous confidence in the Penn State research enterprise."

The NSF survey also showed that Penn State brought $439 million in federal funds to Pennsylvania as part of the University's science and engineering research total in 2008-09.

"Our faculty and many of their students participate in a diverse field of federally funded research projects, ranging from health and medicine, to homeland security, to renewable energy," Foley said. "It's an important boost for Pennsylvania's economic future."

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Penn State recently announced $780 million in total research expenditures for all fields for 2009-10. See for more details.

Last Updated November 02, 2010