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Missouri Ranks High in Academic Research and Development

Academic Research and DevelopmentIn 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%).

Academic Research and Development 
State Academic R&D, 2006 (in millions) Rank Life Sciences Percent Engineering Percent Physical Sciences Percent Other  Percent
Illinois $1,824 7 61 13 9 17
Missouri $900 16 82 7 4 7
Tennessee $743 21 67 13 6 14
Iowa $573 25 68 15 5 12
Kentucky $479 29 73 13 4 10
Nebraska $359 33 69 9 5 17
Kansas $354 34 62 17 6 15
Oklahoma $298 36 56 15 12 17
Arkansas $237 39 76 10 7 7
U.S. $47,735
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Missouri and Surrounding States Academic Research and Development Funding

 

Source: National Science Foundation



 
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