Scientific Presence Massachussets

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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: 9,479 — US Rank — #4
2013 Official Count: 6,409— US Rank — #4
Patents 1963—2013: 133,390
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Businesses & Outposts

779 Organizations

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

The Top Ten

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


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All Independent Inventors

2012 — 712| 2013 — 744| 2013 — 682
Total 1977—2013 — 21,372
2014 US Rank:; #10 | Overall Rank: #10

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 Massachussets: $22,022,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #2 | R&D Intensity — 5.67%
Massachussets GDP — $388,575,000,000 | GDP Rank — 12
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Massachussets 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 $22,022
Business Business - Total 294,093 15,722
Paid by The Business 238,768 12,712
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 2,091
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 919
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 2,949
Federal Sources 37,714 2,196
Other Government Sources 3,718 17
Business 3,189 192
University &College Directly 12,965 247
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 297
Other Non-Profits 6,553 1,537
States Internal NA 1
Federal 35,775 521
FFRDCs Total 17,718 1,436
FFRDCs - Federal NA 1,293
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 3

Massachussets 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
Massachussets 3,219,099 2,226,313 18,324 411,902 211,620 266,717 84,223

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

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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%
Massachussets 1,716,578 720,463 42% 0.6%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Massachussets 85%
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
Massachussets 4 2,661 0.05%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Three of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Massachussets. Boston University granted 390 doctorates. MIT granted 573. Harvard granted 694.


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

Expenditures at Massachussets 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 institutions $65,774,524
15 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 824,130
17 Harvard University 799,432
69 Boston University 332,951
81 University Massachusetts, Medical School 256,090
99 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 204,352
104 University Massachusetts, Amherst 194,775
116 Tufts University 160,922
143 Northeastern University 107,862
168 Brandeis University 74,660
184 University Massachusetts, Lowell 60,624
185 University Massachusetts, Boston 60,086
198 Boston College 51,442
256 University Massachusetts, Dartmouth 22,732
269 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 20,232
347 Wellesley College 8,439
361 Clark University 7,260
405 Amherst College 4,612
407 Williams College 4,518
419 Smith College 4,246
428 Barnard College 3,684
448 Mt. Holyoke College 3,323
457 University Massachusetts Central Office 3,173
467 Plymouth State University 2,913
553 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 1,777
506 New England College of Optometry 2,237
563 Suffolk University 1,637
652 Hampshire College 507
653 Western New England University 483
  Totals —  Massachusetts $3,219,099

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Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Massachussets, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D Expenditures
All US FFRDCs     $17,446,036
Lincoln Lab. DOD, OSD Lexington 873,104
National Security Engineering Ctr. DOD, OSD Bedford& McLean, VA 946,737

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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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