The data in these tables are collected biennially through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) congressionally mandated Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities. Beginning with the 2003 survey, a new section focusing on computing and networking capacity was added to the survey.
The 2003 survey was sent to research-performing academic and nonprofit biomedical research institutions in the United States. For the purposes of this survey, research-performing academic institutions were defined as colleges and universities with $1 million or more in research and development (R&D) expenditures. In addition, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with any R&D expenditures were included in the survey. Each academic institution's level of R&D expenditures was determined by the 2002 NSF Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges. Biomedical research institutions were independent hospitals and nonprofit biomedical organizations that received $1 million or more in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year (FY) 2002. Military institutions, Veteran's Administration institutions, and federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) were not included in the survey.
These tables provide data on the amount of science and engineering (S&E) research space existing at the eligible U.S. colleges, universities, and nonprofit biomedical research institutions. Additional data are provided on the condition of facilities; current, planned, and deferred repair and renovation; and current, planned, and deferred construction projects. Selected tables provide information reported by all institutions that participated in the survey.
The tables also provide data on the characteristics of networking and computing capacity. These data focus on network connection speeds, connectivity to Abilene, computation speed, high performance computing, grid technology, and wireless connections.
Inquiries relating to Science and Engineering Research Facilities: Fiscal Year 2003 should be directed to
Research and Development Statistics Program
Division of Science Resources Statistics
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7782