Federal funding for university research and development in 2014 fell by 3.9 percent from the year before, with about two-thirds of that decrease attributable to the phaseout of federal stimulus funds, the National Science Foundation reported this week. Over all, research expenditures by American universities actually rose 0.2 percent in 2014, with most of that increase driven by an increase in spending by the institutions themselves, plus very modest increases in support from state governments and businesses.
Since the 2011 fiscal year, the proportion of total university R&D spending that is supported by federal funds has dropped from 62.5 percent to 56.5 percent; the latter is the lowest point since the NSF survey began in 1972.
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