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SRSBuzz
A quarterly newsletter on NSF's S&T data and information | July–September 2010
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Latest News

NSF Releases New Statistics on Business Innovation

  • In the period 2006–08 22% of manufacturing companies introduced product innovations and 22% introduced process innovations; nonmanufacturing companies had rates of 8% and 8%, respectively
  • The incidence of U.S. innovation varies substantially by industry sector

Universities Report $55 Billion in Science and Engineering R&D Spending for FY 2009; Redesigned Survey to Launch in 2010

  • University spending on research and development increased by 5.8% between FY 2008 and FY 2009 to $54.8 billion; this was a 4.2% increase when adjusted for inflation
  • The federal government is the largest source of academic science and engineering funding; its share of universities' R&D funding total has dropped by 5 percentage points in recent years, from 64% in FY 2005 to 59% in FY 2009

Institutions Increase Networking Capacity, Gap Between Doctorate- and Nondoctorate-Granting Institutions Widens

  • Cyberinfrastructure resources at doctorate-granting institutions are substantially greater than at institutions that do not grant doctorates, in both networking capacity and computing capacity
  • In 2007, 99 of the 449 institutions with $1 million in R&D funds had high-performing computing systems operating at a speed of at least 1 teraflop

Proposed Federal R&D Funding for FY 2011 Dips to $143 Billion, with Cuts in National Defense R&D

  • The proposed total budget authority for federally funded R&D in FY 2011 represents a 0.3% decrease from FY 2010 agency reports
  • In current dollars proposed nondefense R&D ($61.4) is up by 6.3%, and defense R&D ($82.0 billion) is down by 4.8% from FY 2010

NSF Releases Statistics on R&D Expenditures in FY 2008 by Federally Funded R&D Centers

  • FY 2008 R&D expenditures in federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) totaled $14.7 billion in current dollars
  • The new total represented an increase of more than 6% from the previous year

Foreign Science and Engineering Students in the United States

  • Some 568,000 foreign students (those on temporary visas) studied at U.S. universities and colleges in 2009; 44% were science and engineering students
  • Between 2008 and 2009 foreign enrollment increased 3% overall, 4% in S&E fields, and 2% in non-S&E fields

New Employment Statistics from the 2008 Business R&D and Innovation Survey

  • U.S. R&D companies employed 27.1 million workers worldwide; R&D workers accounted for 7.1% of this employment (1.9 million workers worldwide)
  • In 2008, companies reported $346 billion in company-performed R&D worldwide; 82% was performed in the United States

New Data and Tables

Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates:2006
54 new tables present data on recent bachelor's and master's graduates in science, engineering and health fields by the following:

  • Education and employment status
  • Demographic characteristics
  • Educational characteristics
  • Employment characteristics
  • Median salary

SRS Data in Use

SRS data is used extensively by the science and engineering community. Here are some recent examples:

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."

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Last Updated: November 22, 2010
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