News Release

National Science Board Statement on Global Research and Development (R&D) Investments NSB-2018-9

Gross R and D expenditures; Data from: Science and Engineering Indicators 2018;
US 2016 Estimate from NSF, NCSES National Patterns of R&D Resources, 2017

Data from: Science and Engineering Indicators 2018
US 2016 Estimate from NSF, NCSES
(Credit and Larger Version)

February 7, 2018

If current trends continue, the National Science Board expects China to pass the United States in R&D investments by the end of this year.      


Maria T. Zuber, Chair, Vice President for Research and E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Diane L. Souvaine, Vice Chair, Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

John L. Anderson, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Deborah L. Ball, William H. William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Roger N. Beachy, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Arthur Bienenstock, Professor Emeritus of Photon Science, Stanford University, California

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vicki L. Chandler, Dean of Natural Sciences, Minerva Schools at KGI, San Francisco, California

Ruth A. David, President and Chief Executive Officer, Analytic Services, Inc. (Retired)

W. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida, Gainesville

Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of California, Berkeley

Robert M. Groves, Provost and Executive Vice President; Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. Professor in the Math and Statistics Department and Professor in the Sociology Department, Georgetown University, District of Columbia

G. Peter Lepage, Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York



James S. Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Director and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

W. Carl Lineberger, E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder

Stephen L. Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry and William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Victor R. McCrary, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Emilio F. Moran, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Ellen Ochoa, Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing, Arizona State University, Tempe

G.P. "Bud" Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Julia M. Phillips, Executive Emeritus, Sandia National Laboratories

Geraldine L. Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene

Anneila I. Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena


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