Scientific Presence Missouri

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.


2013 Way Better Count: 2,016 — US Rank — #23
2013 Official Count: 1,184— US Rank — #24
Patents 1963—2013: 35,645
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in Missouri 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

124 Organizations

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

The Top Ten

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


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 245 | 2013 — 260 | 2014 — 301
Total 1977—2014: 10,090
2013 US Rank — #25 | Overall Rank: #23

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 Missouri: Not Available (NA).

US R&D Rank — NA | R&D Intensity — NA%
Missouri GDP — $249,546,000,000 | GDP Rank — 22
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Missouri 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 NA
Business Business - Total 294,093 NA
Paid by The Business 238,768 2,818
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 230
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 NA
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 1,121
Federal Sources 37,714 695
Other Government Sources 3,718 26
Business 3,189 60
University &College Directly 12,965 236
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 104
Other Non-Profits 6,553 29
States Internal NA 8
Federal 35,775 53
FFRDCs Total 17,718 0
FFRDCs - Federal NA 0
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

Missouri 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
Missouri 1,096,993 652,935 23,528 250,704 64,117 102,993 2,716

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%
Missouri 999,095 302,013 30.2% 0.7%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Missouri 86%
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
Missouri 19 845 0.02%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

None of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Missouri.


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

Expenditures at Missouri 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
22 Washington University, St. Louis 706,410
88 University Missouri, Columbia 239,810
200 St. Louis University 49,086
213 Missouri University of Science and Technology 38,588
241 University Missouri, Kansas City 29,227
273 University Missouri, St. Louis 19,356
354 Lincoln University, Jefferson City 7,899
414 Missouri State University 4,340
535 A. T. Still University 1,953
654 Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing 324
  Totals —  Missouri $1,096,993

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

Federally Funded R&D Centers

No Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) are located in Missouri.

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Energy NNSA - Kansas City Plant
Dept. of Interior Columbia Environmental Research Center
Dept. of Interior Missouri Water Science Center
Dept. of Agriculture FS - Missoula Technology and Development Center
Dept. of Interior Montana Water Science Center
Dept. of Defense - Air Force Air Force Weather Agency
Dept. of Interior Nebraska 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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