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
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
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