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This list will be useful if you have an interest in academic research, but are not sure which colleges and universities will provide the best opportunities for your specific career path. This ranking informs readers about not only the top schools for research investment, but also the schools that contribute the most funding to research in specific fields.

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Rank
School
Location
Tuition
1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
$45,470 annually

Johns Hopkins leads all U.S. colleges and universities for research and development by a landslide, outpacing second-place University of Michigan-Ann Arbor by nearly $800 million in annual expenditure. Life sciences (particularly biology and medicine) and electrical engineering were the fields that received the most R&D funding at JHU.

Total R&D Expenditure: $2,106,185

  • Science: $1,233,438
  • Engineering: $859,561
  • Other: $13,186

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $1,857,580
  • State and local government: $5,109
  • Institution funds: $80,988
  • Businesses: $47,102
  • Nonprofit organizations: $114,054
  • Other donors: $1,352

Address

3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
(410) 516-8000
2

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI
$13,142 in state;
$40,392 out of state

University of Michigan leads all public U.S. colleges and universities in research and development. The school receives very little funding from state and local government sources, but manages to offset this shortfall with more than $433 million in institution funds; this figure comprises roughly one-third of the university's annual R&D expenses.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,322,711

  • Science: $1,026,614
  • Engineering: $221,066
  • Other: $75,031

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $791,729
  • State and local government: $639
  • Institution funds: $433,249
  • Businesses: $41,947
  • Nonprofit organizations: $46,970
  • Other donors: $8,177

Address

503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-1817
3

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI
$10,403 in state;
$26,653 out of state

Nearly 80% of research and development funding at the University of Wisconsin is allocated for scientific fields; life sciences alone comprise more than half of the school's entire R&D expenditure. Engineering research, on the other hand, receives relatively little funding at the school in 2012, funding for non-science and engineering research outpaced engineering by more than $25 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,169,779

  • Science: $916,863
  • Engineering: $113,742
  • Other: $139,174

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $580,661
  • State and local government: $72,156
  • Institution funds: $313,895
  • Businesses: $23,152
  • Nonprofit organizations: $157,818
  • Other donors: $22,097

Address

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234
4

University of Washington

Seattle, WA
$12,397 in state;
$31,971 out of state

Funding for medical science research represents and development more than one-third of University of Washington's annual R&D expenditure, while environmental and biological science research comprises more than a quarter. Other fields that receive the most R&D funding from UW include unclassified life sciences, electrical engineering, and bioengineering.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,109,008

  • Science: $961,218
  • Engineering: $104,196
  • Other: $43,594

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $909,652
  • State and local government: $14,741
  • Institution funds: $74,242
  • Businesses: $19,731
  • Nonprofit organizations: $69,617
  • Other donors: $21,025

Address

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100
5

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, CA
$13,271 in state;
$36,149 out of state

In 2012, UCSD allocated a whopping 87.5% of its R&D funding toward scientific studies. Medical sciences-related projects received more than half of this allotment, while the fields of environmental science and oceanography each received more than $1 million. R&D in non-science and engineering fields earned a relatively low amount of funding ― roughly $8.5 million, most of which came from either the federal government or institution funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,073,864

  • Science: $939,199
  • Engineering: $126,107
  • Other: $8,558

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $656,891
  • State and local government: $54,974
  • Institution funds: $118,616
  • Businesses: $73,443
  • Nonprofit organizations: $112,971
  • Other donors: $56,969

Address

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
(858) 534-2230
6

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Virtually all of the R&D funding at UCSF is allocated to scientific studies. Medical science received the vast majority of these monies (roughly $987 million in 2012), while R&D projects in the fields of chemistry and biological sciences collectively received the remaining funds (roughly $46 million).

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,032,673

  • Science: $1,032,673
  • Engineering: $0
  • Other: $0

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $559,329
  • State and local government: $36,401
  • Institution funds: $160,711
  • Businesses: $59,557
  • Nonprofit organizations: $127,679
  • Other donors: $88,996

Address

500 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143-0244
(415) 476-9000
7

Duke University

Durham, NC
$45,376 annually

In 2012, Duke University allotted nearly $950 million to R&D studies in biology, medicine, and other life science fields. Engineering research, on the other hand, received less than $60 million, the majority of which funded projects related to either electrical or bio/biomedical engineering. Duke leads all schools in terms of R&D funding from private businesses.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,009,911

  • Science: $946,167
  • Engineering: $58,592
  • Other: $5,152

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $587,268
  • State and local government: $5,539
  • Institution funds: $123,198
  • Businesses: $226,200
  • Nonprofit organizations: $66,437
  • Other donors: $1,269

Address

103 Allen Bldg
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-8111
8

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
$12,697 in state;
$35,575 out of state

Nearly $900 million of UCLA's 2012 R&D budget was given to researchers in scientific fields; $686 million was allotted for medical research. The school also funded more than $33 million in R&D projects outside the fields of science and engineering, outpacing Johns Hopkins in this area by roughly $20 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $1,003,375

  • Science: $898,926
  • Engineering: $70,756
  • Other: $33,693

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $539,054
  • State and local government: $46,780
  • Institution funds: $174,526
  • Businesses: $51,311
  • Nonprofit organizations: $101,999
  • Other donors: $89,705

Address

405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
(310) 825-4321
9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
$43,683 annually

Stanford University ranked third among the top 10 schools on our list in terms of R&D expenditure for engineering projects. Six different fields of engineering received at least $10 million in 2012, and the federal government provided the lion's share of these funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $903,238

  • Science: $722,400
  • Engineering: $131,406

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $338,759
  • State and local government: $54,973
  • Institution funds: $137,894
  • Businesses: $92,103
  • Nonprofit organizations: $86,601
  • Other donors: $20,018

Address

Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-2300
10

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY
$49,138 annually

All but $100 million of Columbia's $889 million R&D budget was allotted to scientific research projects in 2012, with life science fields (such as biology and medicine) claiming nearly $600 million. Other fields that received a relatively large amount of funding include physics and electrical engineering.

Total R&D Expenditure: $889,487

  • Science: $788,570
  • Engineering: $59,239
  • Other: $41,678

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $645,573
  • State and local government: $12,580
  • Institution funds: $102,628
  • Businesses: $37,341
  • Nonprofit organizations: $71,117
  • Other donors: $20,248

Address

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754
11

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
$8,340 in state;
$30,122 out of state

More than 97% of the 2012 R&D budget at UNC Chapel Hill was allotted to projects in science-related fields; biology, medicine, and non-classified life science fields collectively received roughly $650 million. The school invested less than $4 million in engineering R&D, all of which was earmarked for bioengineering and biomedical engineering studies.

Total R&D Expenditure: $884,791

  • Science: $860,791
  • Engineering: $3,957
  • Other: $20,043

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $606,348
  • State and local government: $14,722
  • Institution funds: $163,669
  • Businesses: $26,722
  • Nonprofit organizations: $73,108
  • Other donors: $222

Address

103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211
12

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
$17,100 in state;
$27,106

More than 97% of the 2012 R&D budget at UNC Chapel Hill was allotted to projects in science-related fields; biology, medicine, and non-classified life science fields collectively received roughly $650 million. The school invested less than $4 million in engineering R&D, all of which was earmarked for bioengineering and biomedical engineering studies.

Total R&D Expenditure: $884,791

  • Science: $860,791
  • Engineering: $3,957
  • Other: $20,043

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $606,348
  • State and local government: $14,722
  • Institution funds: $163,669
  • Businesses: $26,722
  • Nonprofit organizations: $73,108
  • Other donors: $222

Address

4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141
13

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
$45,890 annually

The second highest ranked Ivy League school on our list (after Columbia), Penn allocates more than 80% of its annual R&D expenditure toward projects in life sciences (particularly biology and medicine). Other fields that received at least $10 million in R&D funding in 2012 include chemistry, physics, business and management, and electrical engineering.

Total R&D Expenditure: $847,077

  • Science: $767,369
  • Engineering: $45,841
  • Other: $33,867

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $669,970
  • State and local government: $20,185
  • Institution funds: $52,324
  • Businesses: $42,744
  • Nonprofit organizations: $61,501
  • Other donors: $353

Address

34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
(215) 898-5000
14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN
$13,555 in state;
$19,805 out of state

A relatively small percentage of R&D funding at the University of Minnesota is derived from federal funds (roughly 59%), but the school makes up the difference with more than $216 million in institution funds. Only University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan boast higher figures in this category.

Total R&D Expenditure: $826,173

  • Science: $715,839
  • Engineering: $90,993
  • Other: $19,341

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $485,462
  • State and local government: $50,691
  • Institution funds: $216,007
  • Businesses: $29,657
  • Nonprofit organizations: $22,476
  • Other donors: $21,880

Address

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
(612) 625-5000
15

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA
$43,498 annually

MIT receives a surprisingly low amount of financial support from state and local government sources (roughly $163,000 in 2012), but the prestigious school received nearly $120 million from private businesses that same year. With the exception of Johns Hopkins, MIT leads all schools on our list in terms of engineering-related R&D expenditure with roughly $365 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $824,130

  • Science: $405,168
  • Engineering: $365,199
  • Other: $53,763

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $496,132
  • State and local government: $163
  • Institution funds: $80,832
  • Businesses: $119,068
  • Nonprofit organizations: $88,595
  • Other donors: $39,340

Address

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
(617) 253-1000
16

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
$45,358 out of state

Roughly two-thirds of Cornell University's R&D budget was allocated to life science-related projects in 2012. $87 million was additionally given to engineering research endeavors ― but interestingly, nearly $35 million of this allotment went toward 'non-specified' engineering fields; electrical engineering was the only other discipline in this field to receive more than $10 million in R&D funding.

Total R&D Expenditure: $802,387

  • Science: $711,943
  • Engineering: $87,851
  • Other: $2,593

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $472,673
  • State and local government: $63,881
  • Institution funds: $145,932
  • Businesses: $31,365
  • Nonprofit organizations: $85,314
  • Other donors: $3,222

Address

300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2000
17

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
$42,292 annually

Roughly 88% of Harvard's R&D budget went to scientific studies and projects in 2012 ― although the university is one of the only schools on our list to allocate more funding toward biology-related projects than those concentrated in medical science. The remaining 12% of R&D funding is almost evenly split between engineering and non-science and engineering fields.

Total R&D Expenditure: $799,432

  • Science: $706,020
  • Engineering: $47,953
  • Other: $45,459

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $589,860
  • State and local government: $1,632
  • Institution funds: $69,386
  • Businesses: $34,901
  • Nonprofit organizations: $91,040
  • Other donors: $12,613

Address

Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000
18

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA
$16,992 in state;
$29,566 out of state

In 2012, nearly one-third of Penn State's R&D budget went toward projects related to life sciences (medical science alone claimed more than $110 million). Beyond that, engineering fields were given the most individual R&D support; electrical, mechanical, and metallurgical/materials engineering each received at least $70 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $797,679

  • Science: $485,083
  • Engineering: $298,811
  • Other: $13,785

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $531,421
  • State and local government: $47,402
  • Institution funds: $138,999
  • Businesses: $36,973
  • Nonprofit organizations: $38,626
  • Other donors: $4,258

Address

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700
19

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH
$10,037 in state;
$25,757 out of state

Nearly 75% of Ohio State's R&D budget was allocated to scientific studies and projects in 2012, with medical science alone claiming roughly $262 million. Among all of top 20 schools on our list, OSU received the second lowest amount of R&D backing from nonprofit institutions (after the University of Minnesota).

Total R&D Expenditure: $766,513

  • Science: $570,741
  • Engineering: $149,341
  • Other: $46,431

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $445,635
  • State and local government: $69,456
  • Institution funds: $91,490
  • Businesses: $100,986
  • Nonprofit organizations: $25,108
  • Other donors: $33,838

Address

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(292) 646-8600
20

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
$12,864 in state;
$35,742 out of state

Life science and Non-classified science studies led UC Berkeley's 2012 R&D budget with roughly $208 million and $152 million in funding, respectively. Less than half of UC Berkeley's R&D budget came from the federal government; this is a low percentage compared to most schools on the list, but typical of members of the University of California system.

Total R&D Expenditure: $730,348

  • Science: $524,471
  • Engineering: $172,433
  • Other: $33,444

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $269,734
  • State and local government: $7,700
  • Institution funds: $138,499
  • Businesses: $13,892
  • Nonprofit organizations: $16,347
  • Other donors: $257

Address

200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-6000
21

University of California - Davis

Davis, CA
$13,895 in state;
$36,773 out of state

Not surprisingly, UC Davis (one of the country's leading providers of veterinary science education) allotted more funding to agricultural science, biological science, and medical science than any other field. These three fields collectively comprised roughly 72% of the school's R&D budget in 2012.

Total R&D Expenditure: $713,292

  • Science: $621,859
  • Engineering: $83,140
  • Other: $8,293

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $358,577
  • State and local government: $59,920
  • Institution funds: $156,550
  • Businesses: $40,392
  • Nonprofit organizations: $64,699
  • Other donors: $33,154

Address

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011
22

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO
$44,841 annually

In 2012, Washington University earmarked roughly 95% of its R&D budget for scientific studies; more than $400 million went toward medical science research alone. Most of the remaining $37 million was allocated to research in two specific fields: electrical engineering and social work.

Total R&D Expenditure: $706,410

  • Science: $668,913
  • Engineering: $20,122
  • Other: $17,375

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $441,406
  • State and local government: $17,520
  • Institution funds: $109,867
  • Businesses: $45,567
  • Nonprofit organizations: $91,355
  • Other donors: $695

Address

One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
(314) 935-5000
23

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
$6,263 in state;
$28,541 out of state

Research in agricultural, biological, and medical science received the bulk of R&D funding at the University of Florida (each field received between $120 million and $170 million). Only 44% of the University of Florida's 2012 R&D budget came from the federal government, but the school was able to make up for this shortfall in more than $233 million in institutional funding.

Total R&D Expenditure: $696,985

  • Science: $562,110
  • Engineering: $87,878
  • Other: $46,997

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $305,067
  • State and local government: $94,435
  • Institution funds: $233,648
  • Businesses: $24,662
  • Nonprofit organizations: $32,801
  • Other donors: $6,372

Address

Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-3261
24

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX
$8,506 in state;
$25,126 out of state

Not surprisingly, agricultural science research received more R&D funding from Texas A&M in 2012 than any other specific field, with roughly $176 million (roughly one-quarter of the school's overall R&D budget). Only 38% of the university's R&D budget comes from the federal government, but state/local government sources and institution funds generated 46%.

Total R&D Expenditure: $693,421

  • Science: $413,866
  • Engineering: $256,102
  • Other: $23,453

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $269,460
  • State and local government: $128,819
  • Institution funds: $193,012
  • Businesses: $49,392
  • Nonprofit organizations: $52,378
  • Other donors: $360

Address

805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX 77843-1244
(979) 845-3211
25

Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA
$10,650 in state;
$29,954

Engineering-related research and development comprised roughly 70% of Georgia Tech's 2012 R&D budget; electrical engineering alone received $176 million in support, while seven other engineering fields were given at least $26 million. In science fields, computer science, chemistry, and physics received the most research funding.

Total R&D Expenditure: $688,905

  • Science: $201,136
  • Engineering: $482,758
  • Other: $5,011

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $484,212
  • State and local government: $12,487
  • Institution funds: $129,080
  • Businesses: $44,491
  • Nonprofit organizations: $14,788
  • Other donors: $3,847

Address

225 North Ave
Atlanta, GA 30332-0530
(404) 894-2000
26

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

This cancer research offshoot of the University of Texas allocated roughly 90% of its $685 million R&D budget toward studies in life science; the remaining funds went toward research in fields like chemistry, psychology, and sociology. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is the highest ranked institution on our list to receive more state/local government funding than federal government funding.

Total R&D Expenditure: $685,814

  • Science: $685,814
  • Engineering: $0
  • Other: $0

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $196,753
  • State and local government: $246,988
  • Institution funds: $72,864
  • Businesses: $68,414
  • Nonprofit organizations: $100,795
  • Other donors: $0

Address

1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-4009
(800) 392-1611
27

Yale University

New Haven, CT
$44,000 annually

Yale University is the lowest ranked Ivy League school on our list ― but in terms of overall R&D budget allocation toward scientific research, it places first at roughly 95%. This includes more than $400 million for studies related to medical science and roughly $156 million for research in biological science.

Total R&D Expenditure: $656,555

  • Science: $621,814
  • Engineering: $33,010
  • Other: $1,731

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $518,184
  • State and local government: $5,229
  • Institution funds: $55,554
  • Businesses: $22,204
  • Nonprofit organizations: $50,547
  • Other donors: $4,837

Address

Woodbridge Hall
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-4771
28

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
$45,527 annually

Almost half of Northwestern's 2012 R&D budget went toward medical science research, while the fields of biology, chemistry, and non-specified sciences collectively received more than $150 million in financial support. Additionally, four engineering fields (biomedical, chemical, metallurgical/materials, and non-specified) each received between $10 million and $20 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $631,078

  • Science: $522,201
  • Engineering: $80,250
  • Other: $28,627

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $393,074
  • State and local government: $8,875
  • Institution funds: $156,803
  • Businesses: $15,023
  • Nonprofit organizations: $57,303
  • Other donors: n/a

Address

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741
29

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
$10,391 in state;
$27,383 out of state

Roughly 88% of the 2012 R&D budget at the University of Arizona went toward scientific research, with astronomy and medical science claiming more funds than any other field with $132 million and $126 million, respectively. Chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering additionally received between $16 million and $26 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $625,365

  • Science: $552,829
  • Engineering: $62,605
  • Other: $9,931

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $331,578
  • State and local government: $19,915
  • Institution funds: $200,439
  • Businesses: $15,693
  • Nonprofit organizations: $33,695
  • Other donors: $24,045

Address

1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
(520) 621-2211
30

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA
$46,298 annually

USC is California's oldest private research institution, yet the school was still bested in terms of R&D expenditure by five members of the University of California public system. Roughly 85% of USC's R&D budget went toward scientific research in 2012, and medical science projects and studies claimed more than half of the school's overall research spending.

Total R&D Expenditure: $623,544

  • Science: $529,810
  • Engineering: $63,193
  • Other: $30,541

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $443,842
  • State and local government: $18,576
  • Institution funds: $100,648
  • Businesses: $28,353
  • Nonprofit organizations: $32,125
  • Other donors: $0

Address

University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-2311
31

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX
$9,798 in state;
$33,842 out of state

At roughly $72 million, the University of Texas ranks fifth on our list in terms of total R&D spending on non-science and engineering-related research (after the University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, Purdue, and Emory). Education and business and management received the most funding in this category with roughly $30 million and $9.5 million, respectively, while non-specified fields received an additional $20 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $621,538

  • Science: $351,019
  • Engineering: $198,293
  • Other: $72,226

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $354,873
  • State and local government: $36,018
  • Institution funds: $125,732
  • Businesses: $67,890
  • Nonprofit organizations: $32,202
  • Other donors: $4,823

Address

110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434
32

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN
$9,992 in state;
$28,794 out of state

At 12.3%, Purdue ranked second among all schools on our list (after Emory) for total allotment of R&D funds toward research studies and projects unrelated to science or engineering. In terms of individual fields, agricultural science earned the most funding (roughly $117 million), followed by mechanical and civil engineering with $49.5 million and $42 million, respectively.

Total R&D Expenditure: $602,501

  • Science: $312,103
  • Engineering: $216,037
  • Other: $74,361

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $270,655
  • State and local government: $68,604
  • Institution funds: $184,277
  • Businesses: $32,552
  • Nonprofit organizations: $43,911
  • Other donors: $2,502

Address

Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
(765) 494-4600
33

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL
$14,750 in state;
$29,132 out of state

More than 20% of the 2012 R&D budget at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went toward research in the field of agricultural science (roughly $134 million). Other fields that received large sums of R&D funding included biological sciences ($63 million), electrical engineering ($44 million), and physics ($30 million).

Total R&D Expenditure: $583,754

  • Science: $410,524
  • Engineering: $147,498
  • Other: $25,732

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $359,989
  • State and local government: $25,996
  • Institution funds: $141,817
  • Businesses: $37,433
  • Nonprofit organizations: $18,228
  • Other donors: $291

Address

601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711
(217) 333-1000
34

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
$42,978 annually

Approximately $248 million (or 44% of Vanderbilt's R&D expenditure in 2012) went toward medical science, while biological science claimed another $163 million. About 80% of the school's R&D budget is derived from the federal government; in contrast, state/local government sources only provide $189,000 in financial support for the school's research activities.

Total R&D Expenditure: $560,446

  • Science: $478,388
  • Engineering: $55,490
  • Other: $26,588

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $448,948
  • State and local government: $189
  • Institution funds: $73,871
  • Businesses: $12,920
  • Nonprofit organizations: $21,967
  • Other donors: $2,571

Address

2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-7311
35

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
$44,008 annually

Emory University committed 14% of its 2012 R&D budget (roughly $78 million) toward non-science and engineering research activities; no other school on our list allocated a higher percentage of funds toward research in these fields. Most of the remaining funds went toward scientific research, particularly medicine and biology; only $16 million was allotted to engineering research.

Total R&D Expenditure: $552,707

  • Science: $457,934
  • Engineering: $16,603
  • Other: $78,170

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $361,165
  • State and local government: $673,000
  • Institution funds: $117,832
  • Businesses: $29,360
  • Nonprofit organizations: $40,917
  • Other donors: $2,760

Address

408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-6123
36

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
$12,862 in state;
$33,750 out of state

Most of Michigan State University's research and development activities are concentrated in science; biology- and agriculture-related projects and studies collectively represented nearly 40% of the school's 2012 R&D expenditures. Combined federal and state/local government sources finance roughly 60% of MSU's research budget, with institution funds covering most of the remainder.

Total R&D Expenditure: $507,061

  • Science: $426,038
  • Engineering: $45,582
  • Other: $35,441

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $268,952
  • State and local government: $36,238
  • Institution funds: $172,202
  • Businesses: $5,084
  • Nonprofit organizations: $9,162
  • Other donors: $15,423

Address

East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 355-1855
37

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD
$9,162 in state;
$28,348 out of state

Although the University of Maryland committed $117 million to engineering-related research and development in 2012 (particularly in the fields of electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering), more than 75% of the school's R&D budget is focused on scientific research activities. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other donors collectively provide just 3% of the university's R&D budget; the federal government, on the other hand, supplies more than two-thirds of the funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $502,406

  • Science: $381,174
  • Engineering: $117,243
  • Other: $3,989

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $340,180
  • State and local government: $14,433
  • Institution funds: $130,888
  • Businesses: $6,353
  • Nonprofit organizations: $3,109
  • Other donors: $7,443

Address

College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1000
38

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

After the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at #26, Baylor College of Medicine is the second of two exclusively medical research facilities on our list that are located in the city of Houston. BCM's R&D activities are exclusive to two fields ― biology and medical science ― and the school's R&D expenditures are somewhat neatly divided between the two.

Total R&D Expenditure: $474,700

  • Science: $474,000
  • Engineering: $0
  • Other: $0

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $268,753
  • State and local government: $23,278
  • Institution funds: $122,687
  • Businesses: $14,678
  • Nonprofit organizations: $45,304
  • Other donors: $0

Address

One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030-3498
(713) 798-4951
39

New York University

New York, NY
$44,848 annually

NYU is the first school on our list with a 2012 R&D expenditure that fell below $500 million ― as well as the only school on our list that funds research projects and studies focused on non-science and engineering fields, but not in engineering fields. Medical and biological science research activities comprise more than 70% of the school's R&D budget.

Total R&D Expenditure: $458,645

  • Science: $425,043
  • Engineering: $0
  • Other: $33,602

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $316,208
  • State and local government: $6,127
  • Institution funds: $71,245
  • Businesses: $15,579
  • Nonprofit organizations: $33,377
  • Other donors: $13,109

Address

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091
(212) 998-1212
40

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
$11,455 in state;
$27,211 out of state

The R&D expenditure at Virginia Tech is split nearly 60-40 between science and engineering, although the school committed more than $6 million to research activities outside these two fields ($4 million in the field of education). The federal government, state/local government sources, and institution funds all provide at least $100 million toward the school's R&D budget.

Total R&D Expenditure: $454,417

  • Science: $259,136
  • Engineering: $188,918
  • Other: $6,363

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $184,175
  • State and local government: $103,679
  • Institution funds: $121,812
  • Businesses: $25,056
  • Nonprofit organizations: $16,495
  • Other donors: $3,200

Address

210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
(540) 231-6000
41

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL
$7,206 in state;
$16,398 out of state

UAB is home to one of the country's leading nursing programs ― and not surprisingly, more than two-thirds of the school's R&D budget was allocated to medical science-related research in 2012. UAB receives very little funding from state/local government sources and virtually none from 'other' donors, but the federal government alone provides roughly 68% of the funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $453,779

  • Science: $429,745
  • Engineering: $19,363
  • Other: $4,671

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $306,210
  • State and local government: $818
  • Institution funds: $107,597
  • Businesses: $21,430
  • Nonprofit organizations: $17,724
  • Other donors: $0

Address

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011
42

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
$8,061 in state;
$26,931 out of state

Three quarters of the University of Iowa's R&D expenditures went toward life science-related research in 2012 ― but considering Iowa's role as a major contributor of farmed products, it's interesting to note that none of these funds support studies or projects in the field of agricultural science. The school derives virtually all of its R&D budget from either the federal government of institution funds; businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other donors provided only 6.7%.

Total R&D Expenditure: $446,429

  • Engineering: $132,180
  • Other: $48,658

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $636,348
  • State and local government: $36,465
  • Institution funds: $80,878
  • Businesses: $62,918
  • Nonprofit organizations: $79,074
  • Other donors: $7,555

Address

101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1316
(319) 335-3500
43

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL
$6,410 in state;
$17,324 out of state

Medical science and biology receive the bulk of R&D funding at USF (roughly two-thirds in 2012), but the school also provides significant funding for research activities in fields like oceanography, civil engineering, and education. The federal government and institution funds together provide about 85% of the financial backing for the school's R&D studies.

Total R&D Expenditure: $443,206

  • Science: $357,065
  • Engineering: $37,629
  • Other: $48,512

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $236,148
  • State and local government: $23,351
  • Institution funds: $142,402
  • Businesses: $24,368
  • Nonprofit organizations: $14,239
  • Other donors: $2,698

Address

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011
44

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

As a medical research center, UT Southwestern allocates the vast majority of its R&D funds toward activities in two fields: biology and medicine, each of which received at least $200 million in 2012; the remaining funds go toward research in non-specific life science fields. Unlike the two previous medical research facilities on this list, UT Southwestern receives financial backing from 'other donors' ― roughly $35 million last year.

Total R&D Expenditure: $435,085

  • Science: $435,085
  • Engineering: $0
  • Other: $0

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $207,513
  • State and local government: $64,958
  • Institution funds: $64,679
  • Businesses: $18,464
  • Nonprofit organizations: $44,437
  • Other donors: $35,034

Address

5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9096
(214) 648-3606
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Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ
$13,499 in state;
$27,523 out of state

Unlike most schools on our list that allocate most of their R&D expenditures toward activities in medical and biological science, Rutgers provided at least $10 million for research in 13 different scientific and engineering fields in 2012. Nearly 80% of the school's R&D budget came from either the federal government or institution funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $434,901

  • Science: $359,614
  • Engineering: $61,123
  • Other: $14,164

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $279,161
  • State and local government: $40,555
  • Institution funds: $68,621
  • Businesses: $15,972
  • Nonprofit organizations: $26,927
  • Other donors: $3,665

Address

83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281
(732) 932-1766
46

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH
$10,784 in state;
$25,816 out of state

The University of Cincinnati allocated more than 80% of its 2012 R&D expenditures to life science-related research activities alone, with less than 15% of funds going toward projects and studies outside the field of science. Roughly $60 million of the school's R&D budget came from state/local government sources, businesses, or nonprofit organizations; the rest was provided by either the federal government or institution funds.

Total R&D Expenditure: $433,688

  • Science: $368,626
  • Engineering: $39,668
  • Other: $25,374

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $267,691
  • State and local government: $10,132
  • Institution funds: $106,980
  • Businesses: $20,600
  • Nonprofit organizations: $28,265
  • Other donors: $0

Address

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000
47

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD
$10,068 in state;
$21,642 out of state

The University of Maryland committed the vast majority of its 2012 R&D expenditures (roughly 94%) toward studies and projects in the fields of medicine and biology. The school also allocated more than $13 million toward R&D related to social work; engineering activities, in contrast, only received $6.2 million.

Total R&D Expenditure: $433,228

  • Science: $408,501
  • Engineering: $6,253
  • Other: $18,474

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $231,886
  • State and local government: $24,690
  • Institution funds: $106,711
  • Businesses: $18,595
  • Nonprofit organizations: $50,876
  • Other donors: $470

Address

1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-1000
48

University of Colorado - Denver

Denver, CO
$7,933 in state;
$22,057 out of state

University of Colorado - Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus is the only medical research facility on our list that allocated R&D funds toward projects and activities outside the realm of life science in 2012. Roughly $2 million supported research in engineering fields (mostly civil engineering), and another $9 million went toward research in non-science and engineering fields.

Total R&D Expenditure: $431,997

  • Science: $420,592
  • Engineering: $2,252
  • Other: $9,133

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $315,685
  • State and local government: $15,230
  • Institution funds: $28,290
  • Businesses: $35,928
  • Nonprofit organizations: $30,869
  • Other donors: $5,975

Address

1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80217-3364
(303) 556-5600
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Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH
$41,800 annually

Case Western earmarked nearly 85% of its 2012 R&D budget for activities related to life science (with 80% going toward either medicine or biology), with an additional 10% funding engineering research. Approximately 83% of the school's R&D budget is supported by the federal government.

Total R&D Expenditure: $431,090

  • Science: $385,526
  • Engineering: $44,720
  • Other: $844

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal government: $359,000
  • State and local government: $14,555
  • Institution funds: $32,968
  • Businesses: $6,647
  • Nonprofit organizations: $16,623
  • Other donors: $1,297

Address

10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000
50

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
$7,457 in state;
$23,736 out of state

Our top 50 list concludes with the University of Utah, a school with a 2012 R&D budget roughly one-fifth that of top-ranked Johns Hopkins ― although it should be noted that Utah's R&D expenditures exceeded those of nearly 900 other schools ranked by the NSF. More than half of the school's R&D budget supported life science-related activities, with another 20% going toward engineering-related research projects and studies.

Total R&D Expenditure: $430,456

  • Science: $341,654
  • Engineering: $83,904
  • Other: $4,498

Funding Sources (thousands of dollars):

  • Federal Government: $273,150
  • State and local government: $1,285
  • Institution funds: $123,639
  • Businesses: $13,514
  • Nonprofit organizations: $16,026
  • Other donors: $2,442

Address

201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

Information & Data

The list is divided between public four-year universities and private universities, although it also includes four institutions exclusively dedicated to medical research. Most of the ranked schools allocate between 50% and 80% of their R&D budget toward science-related research, particularly in the fields of medicine and biology. Engineering R&D funding was a little less consistent throughout the list; some schools evenly split funding for engineering and science R&D, while others provided virtually no funding toward engineering-related activities. With a few exceptions, the schools on our list allotted less than 10% of their R&D budget toward studies and projects outside these two fields.

How to Interpret the Data

As you are browsing the list, be sure to also note the percentage of R&D funds each school has committed to certain fields. Top-ranked Johns Hopkins University, for example, committed nearly $40 million toward environmental science research in 2012 ― but this figure represents only 1.8% of the school’s overall R&D budget for that year. The University of Southern California (#30), on the other hand, spent half as much on environmental science research in 2012, but this represented twice as much of the school’s R&D budget.

Please note that all dollar amounts in our list represent thousands of dollars. For instance, a total R&D expenditure of $150,000 (as presented in the ranking) actually represents $150 million. Also, percentages have been rounded to the nearest tenth.