The National Science Foundation on Nov. 20 released its 2017 Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey data, showing that UW–Madison placed 6th in its rankings. In last year’s HERD survey report, capturing 2016 data, UW–Madison also ranked 6th.

Data on UW–Madison’s 2017 expenditures show the university remains a research powerhouse with more than $1.19 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which comes from federal awards.

Overall R&D expenditures from all sources increased by 3.1 percent from the last survey, however, this increase was unevenly spread among categories. Federal expenditures for UW–Madison saw a 0.6 percent increase from the previous fiscal year and totaled nearly $571 million in spending. UW–Madison also saw increases in the areas of business (7.3 percent), nonprofit (8.8 percent) and institutional funds (9.1 percent), and all other sources (7.4 percent).  R&D expenditures from state and local government funding was the one source of funds that decreased for UW–Madison in fiscal year 2017 (down 11.3 percent from the previous fiscal year).

“UW–Madison has seen an increase in research expenditures for two years now and that is good news,” says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “Researchers at UW–Madison have received several large collaborative multi-investigator grants fueling that increase and we expect this upward funding trajectory to continue.” To read the full article, click here