Indicia of Innovation — Arizona

R&D Expenditures in the State

A detailed look at the colleges, universities and research organizations, their expenditures, the sources of funding, and the domains where they are spending money in the State.


A look at the institutions and businesses forming the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Arizona Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
The breakdown of R&D expenditures in the state and the source of the funding.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures Federal Government State & Local government Institution Funds Business Nonprofit Organizations All Other Sources
  All institutions $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
29 University Arizona 625,365 331,578 19,915 200,439 15,693 33,695 24,045
58 Arizona State University 385,959 194,376 21,957 134,619 13,643 19,056 2,308
244 Northern Arizona University 28,100 16,015 4,568 5,005 327 2,126 59
  Totals — Arizona 1,039,424 541,969 46,440 340,063 29,663 54,877 26,412

Federally Funded R&D Centers
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, FFRDC Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
One FFRDC is located in Arizona. Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Arizona, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
Total Federally Financed
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D expenditures Basic research Applied research Development All R&D expenditures Basic research Applied research Development
All FFRDCs     17,446,036 6,139,311 5,361,496 5,945,229 17,006,331 5,998,392 5,162,235 5,845,704
National Optical Astronomy Observatories NSF Tucson, AZ 46,557 46,557 0 0 42,298 42,298 0 0

Funded by The State & Local Government

The Details on the institutions receiving the State and Local Government R&D funding.

Higher education R&D expenditures funded by state and local governments, ranked by all R&D expenditures, by R&D field: FY 2012. Reported in 000s, (Dollars in thousands). Data from survey cycle FY 2012, as of 30 October 2013.

Rank Institution All R&D
Math &
Psychology Social
Engineering All non-S&E
All US Institutions 3,704,365 167,243 2,133,890 73,818 84,821 33,600 164,970 99,140 682,971 263,912
45 Arizona State University 21,957 0 2,541 338 453 1 1,053 8,023 4,084 5,464
49 University Arizona 19,915 2,537 9,370 7 1,928 0 466 0 2,881 2,726
126 Northern Arizona University 4,568 2,197 1,344 0 29 0 264 38 334 362
  Total 46,440 4,734 13,255 345 2,410 1 1,783 8,061 7,299 8,552

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