The University Record, February 25, 1998

U is tops in country in research funding

By Jane R. Elgass

"It's always good to see the 'Block M' number one," Frederick Neidhardt said last week in announcing that the U-M has placed first in National Science Foundation rankings of research expenditures for the sixth year in a row.

The $469 million in expenditures in FY 1996 represent a 5.8 percent increase over FY 1995 figures, said Neidhardt, who is vice president for research. "I didn't know the percentage change would be so favorable. It's a sign of good health and the result of the ability of many disciplines to come together and collaborate."

Neidhardt announced the ranking at the Regents' meeting, where he also noted the changed environment at the nation's capital with respect to support of basic research.

"Both parties are stumbling over each other to be in front in support of basic research," he said, cautioning, however, that none of the hard decisions regarding appropriations have been made.

"They are little more than hollow resolutions, but fine to hear nonetheless."


National Science Foundation Rankings
Research Expenditures

FY 1996

FY 1995

% Change

U-M

$469M

$443M

5.8%

Wisconsin, Madison

413M

404M

2.2

Washington

406M

389M

4.5

MIT*

381M

371

2.7

UC, San Diego

372M

357M

4.0

Texas A&M

367M

363M

1.2

Johns Hopkins*

363M

355M

2.5

UCLA

355M

304M

16.8

Minnesota

341M

337M

1.4

Cornell

340M

344M

-1.2

*Totals excluse R&D expenditures at university-associated federally funded research and development centers.
From the Office of the Vice President for Research