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State received $1.3 billion in NSF grants since 2000

Michigan researchers brought more than $1.3 billion in National Science Foundation grants into the state between 2000 and 2008, more than their counterparts in states with bigger populations like Florida and Ohio, according to a new NSF tally.

The vast majority of the federal grants, an average of $147.5 million per year, was generated by Michigan's University Research Corridor institutions — U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. In 2008, for example, the three research universities received more than $130 million, or 83 percent of the more than $156 million in grants awarded in the state last year.

"Important advancements and technologies have been developed because of NSF support," said Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. "In addition to a multitude of important individual investigator grants, NSF has also funded our large and transformative efforts such as the Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems and the U-M Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing. NSF backing also allows our state to participate in the National Nano Infrastructure Network, which links the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility to other advanced resources around the U.S."

When academic research grants from all sources are totaled, the URC institutions received more than 94 percent of academic research dollars that came into Michigan.

Michigan ranked ninth in the nation for NSF funding with $1.3 billion, just behind Texas, which brought in $1.5 billion to rank eighth. Florida ranked 11th, attracting $1.1 billion in grants over the same period.

Among neighboring Great Lakes states, Ohio ranked 18th for NSF funding with $800 million in grants, while Indiana ranked 19th, bringing in $771 million. The states receiving the most NSF grants were California, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. Arizona rounded out the top 10 behind Michigan.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense "

With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, NSF funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

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