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Scientific Presence Alabama

Business is Global. Innovation is Local

Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.

Patents

2013 Way Better Count: 796 — US Rank — #35
2013 Official Count: 503— US Rank — #35
Patents 1963—2013: 14,244
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Businesses & Outposts

60 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Alabama.
2009—2013

The Top Ten

Companies Working With Alabama Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from Alabama.

  1. NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS
  2. ADTRAN
  3. IBM
  4. AUBURN UNIVERSITY
  5. US NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
  6. US — NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
  7. AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
  8. UNIVERSAL LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  9. CORRELATED MAGNETICS RESEARCH, LLC
  10. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION

The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 169 | 2013 — 191 | 2014 — 149
Total 1977—2014: 5,591
2014 US Rank: #31 | Overall Rank: #30

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in Alabama: $4,946,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #24 | R&D Intensity — 2.77%
Alabama GDP — $178,533,000,000 | GDP Rank — 34
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Alabama R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
Alabama
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $4,946
Business Business - Total 294,093 1,879
Paid by The Business 238,768 835
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 348
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 697
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 901
Federal Sources 37,714 576
Other Government Sources 3,718 40
Business 3,189 32
University &College Directly 12,965 222
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 31
Other Non-Profits 6,553 27
States Internal NA 14
Federal 35,775 2,125
FFRDCs Total 17,718 0
FFRDCs - Federal NA 0
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

Alabama Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Expenditures
Federal Government State & Local
Government
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
Organizations
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Alabama 1,379,440 767,166 129,302 352,358 54,370 69,837 6,407

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.

Degrees

All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
Error
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Alabama 686,543 216,050 31.5% 0.8%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Alabama 75%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
Alabama 26 648 0.01%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

None of the degree granting academic institutions in Alabama are among the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions.

Institutions

A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Alabama Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All US Institutions $65,774,524
41 University Alabama, Birmingham 453,779
129 Auburn University, Auburn 133,013
155 University Alabama, Huntsville 87,388
194 University Alabama, Tuscaloosa 55,885
212 University South Alabama 40,172
230 Alabama A&M University 32,312
288 Tuskegee University 15,991
304 Alabama State University 13,607
645 Oakwood University 724
  Totals —  Alabama $832,871

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to Alabama Institutions →


Federally Funded R&D Centers

There are no Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Alabama.


Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Laboratory Consortium

About Scientific Presence

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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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