The University of Texas at Austin makes gains in federally financed research and development

Aug. 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—Federally supported research and development expenditures at The University of Texas at Austin rose to $219.16 million in 2002, making it second highest among universities and colleges without a medical school, according to figures from the National Science Foundation.

Overall, the university moved up three spots to 24th in the ranking of federally financed research and development expenditures for 2002 from the 2001 ranking when its expenditures were $195.2 million.

Only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked higher among institutions that do not have medical schools.

“This shows the value that the federal agencies that fund research find in The University of Texas at Austin,” said Juan Sanchez, vice president for research. “The work of our faculty and staff researchers advances knowledge and develops technology that will have an impact for years to come.”

The figures are from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges.

Federally financed R&D expenditures at The University of Texas at Austin have grown 52 percent since 1995 when they were $144 million.

Engineering programs at the university had $79.3 million of federally financed R&D expenditures in 2002; physical science programs had $52.7 million; math and computer sciences programs had $37.4 million; life sciences programs had $27.5 million; environmental sciences programs had $10.4 million; social sciences programs had $6.1 million; psychology programs had $4.7 million; and other programs in other sciences split $930,000.

The largest amounts of federal funding for research at The University of Texas at Austin come from the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Total R&D expenditures at The University of Texas at Austin were $321 million in 2002, according to the NSF figures. That was an 8.5 percent increase from $295.1 million in 2001.

Total R&D expenditures are those financed by the federal government as well as industry, state government and other sources.

The university’s total R&D expenditures have increased 40 percent from 1995 when they were $228.7 million.

The full NSF survey is available online: Academic Research and Development Expenditures.

For more information contact: Tim Green, 512-475-6596.