Scientific Presence Georgia

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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.


2013 Way Better Count: 3,697 — US Rank — #15
2013 Official Count: 2,505— US Rank — #15
Patents 1963—2013: 39,843
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in Georgia or click the map to see the Scientific Presence Profile for another state. The Scientific Presence profiles are dynamic and are updated when new metrics and observatons become available, please visit often.

Businesses & Outposts

246 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Georgia.

The Top Ten

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


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 565 | 2013 — 568 | 2014 — 533
Total 1977—2014: 13,323
2014 US Rank: #14 | Overall Rank: #16

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 Georgia: $5,779,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #21 | R&D Intensity — 1.38%
Georgia GDP — $417,438,000,000 | GDP Rank — 11
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Georgia 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
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $11,166
Business Business - Total 294,093 3,839
Paid by The Business 238,768 3,303
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 347
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 190
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 1,717
Federal Sources 37,714 1,096
Other Government Sources 3,718 54
Business 3,189 85
University &College Directly 12,965 382
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 100
Other Non-Profits 6,553 37
States Internal NA 4
Federal 35,775 183
FFRDCs Total 17,718 0
FFRDCs - Federal NA 0
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

Georgia 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
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Georgia 1,861,946 1,152,707 53,181 462,613 90,728 91,828 10,889

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.


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
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Georgia 1,716,045 570,366 33.2% 0.5%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Georgia 70%
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
Georgia 12 1,375 0.02%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Two of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Georgia. Univeristy of Georgia granted 413 doctorates. Georgia Institute of Technology granted 473.


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

Expenditures at Georgia 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
25 Georgia Institute of Technology 688,905
35 Emory University 552,707
66 University Georgia 351,395
152 Georgia State University 91,148
171 Georgia Health Sciences University 70,526
216 Morehouse School of Medicine 37,586
237 Mercer University 31,376
321 Clark Atlanta University 10,406
339 Morehouse College 9,113
383 Georgia Southern University 5,719
430 Ft. Valley State University 3,665
502 University West Georgia 2,280
517 Spelman College 2,148
531 Savannah State University 1,996
533 Kennesaw State University 1,976
623 Skidaway Institute of Oceanography 1,000
  Totals — Georgia $ 1,861,946

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

Federally Funded R&D Centers

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

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Agriculture ARS - South Atlantic Area
Dept. of Defense - Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Dept. of Defense - Army Experimentation Division (Battle Command Battle Lab - Gordon)
Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Infectious Diseases
Dept. of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Dept. of Interior Georgia Water Science Center

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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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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