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U.S. Businesses Reported $441 Billion for R&D Performance in the United States During 2018, a 10.2% Increase from 2017

Businesses spent $441 billion on research and development performance in the United States in 2018, a 10.2% increase from 2017. Funding from the companies’ own sources was $378 billion in 2018, up 11.4% from 2017. Funding from other sources was $63 billion in 2018 and $61 billion in 2017. Data are from the Business Research and Development Survey, developed...

U.S. Businesses Invest $55 Billion in R&D Directed at New Business Areas and New Product Lines

In 2017, U.S. businesses invested $55 billion in research and development directed at new business areas and new product lines, or 11.6% of their worldwide R&D expenses. NCSES first collected this data in 2008 when businesses reported $40 billion in such investments, accounting for 12.2% of businesses' total worldwide R&D expense. In the years...

Science and Engineering Degrees, by Race and Ethnicity of Recipients: 2008–18

Data tables show trends in the number of bachelor's, master's, and research doctoral degrees conferred in the United States, by race and ethnicity of degree recipients. The tables also show earned degrees, by gender, citizenship, and broad science and engineering field. Data are based on two annual federal surveys: National Center for Education Statistics'...

Federal Obligations for S&E Support to HBCUs in FY 2018 Increase 3.8% from Previous Year

Science and engineering (S&E) support to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) was $320 million in FY 2018, an increase of 3.8% from FY 2017. This was the first increase HBCUs saw in 4 years, following annual declines in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Data are from the FY 2018 Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities,...

Science and Technology: Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Interest

This report examines indicators of U.S. public attitudes and understanding of science and technology (S&T), public concern about S&T issues, and public knowledge of basic S&T facts. The report identifies high-level trends and patterns, some of which are examined by selected demographics of the U.S. public. It also makes comparisons between...

Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 2018

Tables present FY 2018 data on federal obligations to academic and nonprofit institutions for science and engineering research and development. Data include science and engineering support by type of activity, as well as ranking by state, agency, and individual institution. Data are from the Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities,...

U.S. Manufacturing Industries Had over 900,000 R&D Employees in 2016

There were over 1.5 million R&D employees in U.S. manufacturing and nonmanufacturing industries in 2016. The majority—about 912,000—were employed in manufacturing industries, while about 610,000 worked in nonmanufacturing industries. Data are from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2016, by the National Center for Science and Engineering...

Graduate Enrollment in Science, Engineering, and Health Rose 3% in 2018

The number of graduate students enrolled in science, engineering, and health (SEH) programs at U.S. academic institutions rose by 3% between 2017 and 2018, growing to 668,307. Of these students, almost 75% were enrolled full time. The increase in overall enrollment was driven by increases in part-time master's, full-time doctoral, and full-time master's...

Doctorate Recipients in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE): 2017

This report presents data on U.S.-trained doctorate recipients in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE) as they move from doctoral award to employment. This report is the first in a series that highlights key trends for doctorate recipients who receive degrees in the fields of science and engineering that are funded by the National Science...

Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering: Fall 2018

These tables provide detailed data on master's and doctoral graduate students and postdoctoral appointees in science, engineering, and selected health fields. Trend data are provided on graduate student enrollment, postdoctoral appointments, and other doctorate-holding nonfaculty researcher (NFR) appointments, as well as counts of master's and doctoral...

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