Science and Engineering Research Facilities: 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 (NSF). 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 in these tables are collected biennially through NSF's congressionally mandated Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities. Beginning with the FY 2003 survey, a new section focusing on computing and networking capacity was added to the survey.
The FY 2009 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 expenditures. Each academic institution's level of R&D expenditures was determined by the FY 2008 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 in FY 2008. Military institutions, Veterans Administration institutions, and federally funded research and development centers were not included in the survey.
These tables provide data on the amount of science and engineering 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 each institution that participated in the survey.
The FY 2007 data related to new construction and source of funds for new construction shown in the FY 2009 tables have been revised to reflect updated information from the respondent institutions. See Appendix A for more information.
The tables also provide data on the characteristics of networking and computing capacity. These data focus on commodity and high-performance bandwidth, desktop port connections, high-performance computing, and wireless connections.