Missouri Ranks High in Academic Research and Development
In 2006, Missouri ranked 16th nationally in dollars granted for academic research and development. Missouri’s academic researchers were allocated $900 million for research and development, up from $893 million in 2005. Among border states, only Illinois ranked higher in academic research and development funding.
The federal government remains the largest source of academic R&D funding, accounting for more than 60 percent of total R&D expenditures most years since 1972. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the National Institutes of Health, has historically been the largest provider of federal R&D funding to universities and colleges. The National Science Foundation was the second largest provider.
Medical sciences and biological sciences accounted for more than one-half of all research and development at universities and colleges in 2006. Bioengineering and biomedical engineering research and development continues to be the fastest-growing field, with an average increase of 15.0% annually since 2000.
The majority (82%) of Missouri's academic research and development funds, in 2006 went to Life Science projects, with the remaining funds allocated to Engineering (7%) and Physical Sciences (4%).
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|State||Academic R&D, 2006 (in millions)||Rank||Life Sciences Percent||Engineering Percent||Physical Sciences Percent||Other Percent|
Source: National Science Foundation