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To provide an empirical basis for assessing the federal investment in university-based research and development (R&D), RAND compiled a comprehensive list of federal R&D funds going to every university and college in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico using its RaDiUS database and analyzed the resulting data by state and a variety of relevant institutional characteristics (public versus private, including and excluding medical schools, etc.). The report is intended as a reference document for national, regional, state, and university decisionmakers and planners interested in assessing the relative competitiveness of particular university systems and individual campuses in obtaining federal R&D funds. It is also intended to stimulate further analysis of trends, priorities, and resource allocations involving federally funded R&D.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Federal R&D Funds to Universities and Colleges

  • Chapter Three

    Conclusions and Implications

  • Appendix A

    The RaDiUS Database

  • Appendix B


  • Appendix C

    Additional Tables

  • Appendix D

    Sources of Data

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