By Tim McGlone, UW-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison held its fourth place ranking in research expenditures among U.S. universities, despite a continuing erosion of federal and state funding, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
For more than 25 years, UW-Madison has consistently ranked among the top five universities for research expenditures — money secured from all sources, federal, private and state.
In 2014, UW-Madison spent slightly more than $1.1 billion on all research, down 1.3 percent from $1.12 billion the previous year, according to NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey.
Three of the top five research universities saw a decline in funding. Johns Hopkins University, a longtime classified defense research powerhouse, remained at the top of the list by a wide margin and increased its research spending by 3.4 percent to $2.24 billion. After Johns Hopkins, UW-Madison follows the University of Michigan and the University of Washington in the rankings.
The ranking reflects the UW-Madison’s status as a top-tier research university and its ability to attract some of the best and brightest minds — whether students, faculty or staff — from around the country and the world. Read more …