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Press Release 14-044
Federal science and engineering obligations to universities and colleges dropped by 11 percent in FY 2011

Levels reflect absence of ARRA funding

Federal S&E obligations to universities and colleges drop by 11 percent in FY 2011.

Federal S&E obligations to universities and colleges dropped by 11 percent in FY 2011.
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March 25, 2014

In fiscal year (FY) 2011, federal agencies obligated $31.4 billion to 1,134 academic institutions for science and engineering activities, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

The FY 2011 obligations represent an 11 percent decrease in current dollars from federal obligations to academic institutions for science and engineering activities in FY 2010. In FY 2010, federal obligations were $35.3 billion to 1,219 academic institutions. The decrease reflects the absence of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 stimulus funds in FY 2011.

The last ARRA funds were obligated in FY 2010 and accounted for $5.1 billion, or 14.5 percent, of FY 2010 science and engineering obligations to academic institutions. If ARRA obligations are excluded from FY 2010 totals, FY 2011 science and engineering obligations to academic institutions increased $1.2 billion or 4.1 percent.

For more information on this report, please contact Michael Yamaner.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.

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Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070, bmixon@nsf.gov
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, lisajoy@nsf.gov

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Michael Yamaner, NSF, (703) 292-7815, myamaner@nsf.gov

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NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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Graphic showing fund distribution to academic institutions for science and engineering in FY 2011.
Funds obligated to academic institutions for science and engineering activities in FY 2011.
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