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FFRDC Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2011


General Notes


The data presented in this report were compiled from the National Science Foundation (NSF) FY 2011 Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Research and Development Survey. ICF International 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 and type of cost reported by FFRDCs. The FFRDC survey is administered in conjunction with the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, previously the Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges (Academic R&D Survey). Prior to FY 2009 the resulting FFRDC data were 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. Terms used 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 an agency external to the FFRDC or are separately budgeted by the FFRDC.

  • Expenditures. Funds actually spent by the FFRDC 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 2011
Detailed Statistical Tables | NSF 13-315 | March 2013