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UW–Madison increases research expenditures by $67 million, retains top 10 national research ranking

By Natasha Kassulke, UW–Madison

The National Science Foundation has released its 2020 fiscal year Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) data and the University of Wisconsin–Madison has again ranked 8th in the national research rankings for public and private universities. UW–Madison ranked 8th in the last survey covering the 2019 fiscal year.

Data on UW–Madison’s 2020 research expenditures show that between July 2019 and the end of June 2020, the university increased its annual expenditures over the previous year, reporting over $1.3 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which comes from federal awards. That is an increase of nearly $67 million from fiscal year 2019.

The HERD survey is the primary source of information on research and development expenditures at American universities and colleges. Tabulating expenditures is one way to measure academic research activity. The survey collects information on expenditures by field of research and source of funds and also gathers information on types of research expenses and number of research and development personnel. Read more …