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National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1995, Detailed Statistical Tables, NSF 97-330, by Richard J. Bennof (Arlington, VA, 1997).

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Letter of Transmittal

Dear Mr. President:

It is my honor to transmit to you the statistical report, Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1995, in accordance with the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended.

Respectfully yours,

Neal Lane

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500


Institutions of higher education, the major source of the Nation's scientists and engineers, perform about one-half of the Nation's basic research. Therefore, the level, distribution, and characteristics of Federal academic support are of much interest to officials at Federal, state, and local levels and in nongovernmental sectors.

The National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, requires that the Foundation " . . . initiate and maintain a program for the determination of the total amount of money for scientific and engineering research, including money allocated for the construction of the facilities wherein such research is conducted, received by each educational institution and appropriate nonprofit organization in the United States, by grant, contract, or other arrangement from agencies of the Federal Government, and to report annually thereon to the President and the Congress."

To fulfill this requirement, the Foundation has utilized the data collection system originally designed by the Committee on Academic Science and Engineering of the Federal Council for Science and Technology. The Foundation annually collects statistical data from the 15 Federal agencies that account for virtually all support for science and engineering (S&E) research and development at educational institutions. Data are also collected on these agencies' obligations to nonprofit institutions.

Since its inception, this survey system has been the sole source of data on Federal funding to individual institutions for S&E activities and therefore attracts a wide audience. These data provide information that enables users to examine patterns of support for individual institutions over time and to compare such patterns with those of other institutions.

We are grateful for the continued cooperation of the responsible staff members in the participating agencies, and we appreciate their efforts to assist us in ensuring the quality of their data submissions.

Jeanne E. Griffith
Division of Science Resources Studies
National Science Foundation

November 1997


The preparation of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 1995, was managed by Richard J. Bennof, Analyst, National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS), Research and Development Statistics Program (RDS), under the overall direction of John E. Jankowski, Jr., Program Director, RDS, with guidance and review provided by Jeanne E. Griffith, Division Director, SRS, and Alan R. Tupek, Deputy Division Director, SRS. Anne Houghton and Julia Harriston of the Publications Management Group of SRS provided copyediting, processing, and final composition for this report. The overview section of this report was reviewed by Alan Rapoport, SRS and Christine Matthews, Congressional Research Service. Quantum Research Corp. (QRC) of Bethesda, MD, under NSF contract number SRS-94-21044, prepared the tables and report copy. QRC staff members who worked on this report were Heidi L. Clark, Gail H. Henry, Keri R. Leibensperger, Hilary E. Jones, Elizabeth H. Peto, and Jennifer D. Ranwez.

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