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A quarterly newsletter on NSF's S&T data and information | April–June 2010 | PDF format. PDF

About the Newsletter

The Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) is a federal statistical agency within the National Science Foundation. SRS develops and conducts surveys and analyses of the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise and engages in related research projects.SRS disseminates the resulting information and analyses primarily through short reports (InfoBriefs), detailed statistical tables (DSTs), and periodic in-depth special reports. This newsletter contains information on the latest products and publications from SRS. To subscribe to future editions, provide your email address, select "Publications: Newsletters/Journals by Program," and select the last box, "Newsletters/Journals - Social/Behavioral Sciences (SBE), including NSF-wide."

If you have questions or comments on the SRSBuzz, please write to srsweb@nsf.gov

Latest News

Public Financing of Research and Development, by State: 2006

  • Nearly $350 billion was invested in research and development in the United States in 2006
  • Government agencies supplied 29%; with the federal government providing almost all public funds spent on R&D

Jump in Fall 2008 Enrollments of First-Time, Full-Time S&E Graduate Students

  • Enrollments of first-time, full-time graduate students in science and engineering (S&E) programs reached a record 108,819 in 2008, representing 20.6% of all graduate enrollments in these fields
  • For the first time since 2003, first-time enrollment in engineering fields grew faster among U.S. citizens and permanent residents than among foreign students with temporary visas

U.S. Businesses Report 2008 Worldwide R&D Expense of $330 Billion: Findings from New NSF Survey

  • Companies located in the United States that have research and development activities—both U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign parents—reported worldwide sales of $11 trillion in calendar year 2008 and worldwide R&D expenses of $330 billion
  • These figures are from the first Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS), developed jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Census Bureau

Employment in Science and Engineering Occupations Reached 5.8 million in 2008

  • S&E employment grew at an average annual rate of 3.3% from 2004 to 2008, almost three times faster than the 1.3% growth rate in all occupations
  • Median annual earnings for individuals in S&E occupations were $72,940, compared with $32,390 for all occupations

Interdisciplinary Dissertation Research

  • From 2001 to 2008, roughly a quarter to a third of individuals earning doctorates in U.S. universities reported that their dissertation research spanned multiple disciplines
  • Doctorate recipients in the agricultural sciences, biological sciences, and earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences were the most likely to report interdisciplinary dissertation research

Recovery Act Funding Boosts FY 2009 Federal R&D to an Estimated $157 Billion, 12% over FY 2008 Total

  • Federal agencies reported an FY 2009 preliminary total budget authority of $157 billion for federally funded R&D: $142.5 billion for FY 2009 R&D budget authority and $14.7 billion for FY 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (ARRA, the economic stimulus package enacted by Congress in February 2009)
  • Just over half of the R&D budget went to defense functions

New NSF Estimates Indicate that U.S. R&D Spending Continued to Grow in 2008

  • Total U.S. R&D expenditures totaled $397.6 billion in 2008, up 6.7% over the previous year and about double the growth in gross domestic product
  • The business sector reported the largest expenditures among performers and funders

Indicators of U.S. Small Business's Role in R&D

  • Between 2003 and 2007 R&D performance by small U.S. companies (fewer than 500 employees) grew slightly faster than R&D performance by larger U.S. companies
  • By 2007 R&D spending by small firms was about $50 billion, and small firms held a 19% share of all U.S. industrial R&D

New Data and Tables

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Research and Development in Industry: 2005
38 new tables present data on R&D in industry by

  • Type of funds or costs
  • Technology area
  • Source of funds
  • Sales
  • Type of R&D
  • Geography
  • Employment

Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering: Fall 2007
77 new tables present data on S&E graduate enrollments by

  • Trends
  • Type of enrollment or staff
  • Demographics
  • Institution type
  • Field

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2007-09
131 new tables present data on Federal funds for R&D through 2009 by

  • Type
  • Obligations and outlays
  • Agency
  • Performer
  • Field
  • Years

Federal R&D Funding by Budget Function:  Fiscal Years 2008-10
37 new tables present data on Federal R&D funding through 2010 by

  • Federal budget authority
  • Specific budget function (FY 2008-2010)
  • R&D obligations and budget authority (FY 1955-2010)

Academic R&D Expenditures: FY 2008
86 new tables present data on Academic R&D expenditures for 2008 by

  • Source of funds and S&E fields
  • Summary tables on HBCU R&D expenditures
  • Summary tables on High Hispanic enrollment institutions
  • Geographic distribution
  • Institutional rankings
  • Passthrough to and received as subrecipients
  • S&E fields and subfields; non-S&E fields
  • Federally-financed R&D
  • Current fund expenditures for research equipment
  • R&D at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)

National Patterns of R&D Resources: 2008 Data Update
14 new tables on U.S. R&D expenditures for 2008 by

  • Performing sector and source of funds
  • Source of funds and performing sector
  • Geographic distribution
  • Federal and non-federal
  • GDP comparisons
  • International comparisons

SRS Data in Use

SRS data is used extensively by the S&E community. Here are some recent examples.

If you have questions or comments on the SRSBuzz, please write to srsweb@nsf.gov.


Last Updated: November 22, 2010
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