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FFRDC Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2008


General Notes


The data presented in this report were compiled from the National Science Foundation (NSF) FY 2008 Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). ICF Macro currently conducts the survey under contract to NSF.

The reference period of this annual survey is the fiscal year of the surveyed FFRDC. The survey collects the separately budgeted R&D expenditures by source of funding reported by FFRDCs. The FFRDC survey is administered in conjunction with the Survey of R&D Expenditures at Universities and Colleges (Academic R&D Expenditures Survey). The resulting FFRDC data have until now been published in the Academic R&D Expenditures series of detailed statistical tables. The FY 2008 FFRDC data are being published both in the Academic R&D Expenditures report and separately in this report, establishing a new detailed statistical tables series solely for FFRDC data. Results of future FFRDC data collections will not be published in the Academic R&D Expenditures report.

Terms used in institutional accounting procedures, incorporated throughout the tables, are defined below.

  • Separately budgeted R&D expenditures. All funds expended for activities specifically organized to produce research outcomes. These activities are either commissioned by an agency external to the institution or are separately budgeted by an organizational unit within the institution.

  • Expenditures. Funds actually spent by an institution during its fiscal year.

  • Federally funded research and development centers. R&D-performing organizations that range in organizational structure from traditional contractor-owned/contractor-operated or government-owned/contractor-operated to structures in which degrees of contractor/government control and ownership vary. FFRDCs are formed to achieve particular federal R&D objectives that cannot be met as effectively by existing organizations.

Data presented in trend tables were compiled from the most recently completed survey cycle. Prior-year data have been reviewed for consistency with current-year responses and, when necessary, revised in consultation with institutional respondents. Institutions revise data from previous years when important changes occur in reporting practices and program classifications, and only the latest tables incorporate such changes. For accurate historical data, use only the most recently published detailed statistical tables.

FFRDC Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2008
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 10-310 | March 2010