The National Science Foundation (NSF) released its 2018 fiscal year Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) data and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ranks 8th in the national research rankings for public and private universities.

The data show the university remains a research powerhouse, with nearly $1.21 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which come from federal awards. UW–Madison’s federal expenditures grew by 1.3 percent compared to the previous fiscal year.

The HERD survey is the primary source of information on research and development expenditures at American universities and colleges. The survey gathers data on federal R&D expenditures by field of research and source of funds, and gathers information on types of research expenses and number of R&D personnel. More than 910 universities responded to the survey in fiscal year 2018.

A significant proportion of UW–Madison’s academic research funding comes from the federal government. Additional sources include state and local government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and foundations that support the university. The two most significant private contributors of research support to UW–Madison are the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the UW Foundation. For fiscal year 2019, WARF awarded the university $80 million.

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