Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2009
During the production of this report, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 was signed into law. Section 505 of the bill renames the Division of Science Resources Statistics as the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The Center retains its reporting line to the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences within the National Science Foundation. The new name signals the central role of NCSES in the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise.
The data presented in this report were compiled from the National Science Foundation (NSF) FY 2009 Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges. ICF Macro currently conducts the survey under contract to NSF.
The survey is conducted annually, and its reference period is the fiscal year of the surveyed institution. It collects the separately budgeted R&D expenditures in science and engineering (S&E) fields reported by universities and colleges. Unless noted, expenditures analyzed in this report are for S&E R&D activities only. Non-S&E expenditures are reported separately and are not included in overall expenditures totals.
Terms used in institutional accounting procedures, incorporated throughout the tables, are defined below.
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.