U-M again tops in research spending

At a record $1.27 billion, the University of Michigan is again ranked No. 1 in research and development spending among the nation’s public universities— virtually all of which occurs in the state.

The total volume of research at the University of Michigan rose by 3 percent—an increase of $37.5 million—in the fiscal year that closed on June 30, 2012. That includes the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

“Research at U-M is tightly coupled with our educational mission, and it is a critical investment in the future,” said Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. “Continued growth in support from a wide range of sponsors highlights the value they see in investing in the people and ideas that drive the vitality of our economy.”

Funding from the National Science Foundation is up by 7.9 percent, and the Department of Energy increased its support by 8.6 percent. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s investment rose by 15.3 percent, and the Department of Transportation increased its funding by 38.4 percent. Funding from the Department of Defense grew by 9.5 percent, reversing a decline in the previous year.

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