These tables present the results of the National Science Foundation (NSF) FY 2012 and FY 2013 Survey of State Government Research and Development, conducted for NSF by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau employed a methodology similar to that used to collect data from state and local governments on other censuses and surveys.

The survey was distributed to departments, agencies, commissions, public authorities, and other state-run entities within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that were considered likely to conduct or fund R&D activities. Respondents that did not have qualifying R&D activity were not required to complete the questionnaire beyond a screening question. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the survey. These states distributed the survey to 366 agencies, 365 of which responded.[1] Of those responding, 287 agencies reported conducting or funding R&D in FY 2012 or FY 2013. Respondents were requested to provide statistics on their total R&D expenditures and amounts for intramural and extramural performers, the amount devoted to basic research activities, the amount for which the federal government was an original source of funds, and the amount of money allocated to particular government functions. An additional question was asked about the amount of expenditures for the construction and acquisition of R&D facilities.


[1] The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are referred to as states and treated as state equivalents throughout this report.