UW-Madison has maintained a sixth-place national ranking for research, according to a National Science Foundation survey.

The 2016 Higher Education Research and Development Survey aggregates R&D expenditure data, covering institutions that spent at least $150,000 on separately budgeted R&D in the fiscal year. It also includes information on the types of research expenses and personnel involved.

Over 900 universities responded to the survey in fiscal year 2016.

UW-Madison had been in the top five in the country for research spending every year since 1972, the year the survey started, but dropped to sixth last year for research spending in 2015.

The most recent survey shows UW-Madison spent nearly $1.16 billion on research in 2016, with about half of that coming from federal awards. These federal expenditures increased 6.3 percent from the last fiscal year, reaching about $34 million in new spending.

“The increase in expenditures and maintaining our ranking is good news for UW-Madison, showing that the needle is moving in the right direction after a four-year decline in research expenditures,” says Marsha Mailick, UW-Madison vice chancellor for research and graduate education. Read the full story here.