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FFRDC Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2009

 


General Notes

 

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 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 Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges (Academic R&D Expenditures Survey), and the resulting FFRDC data have historically been published in the Academic R&D Expenditures series of detailed statistical tables. The FY 2008 FFRDC data were published both in the Academic R&D Expenditures report and separately in a FY 2008 report, establishing a new detailed statistical tables series solely for FFRDC data. The FFRDC data from the Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers are no longer published in the Academic R&D Expenditures report, and the results of all future FFRDC data collections will be published separately in this series.

Terms used in organizational 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 external sponsors or are separately budgeted by the organization using internal funds.
  • Expenditures. Funds actually spent by an organization 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 respondents. FFRDCs 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 2009
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 11-314 | May 2011