The Top Ten
Companies Working With North Carolina Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from North Carolina.
- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
- CREE, INC.
- CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
- BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
- TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL.)
- LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
- RED HAT, INC.
- SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
- DUKE UNIVERSITY
- UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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.
North Carolina 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.
|Business||Business - Total||294,093||6,193|
|Paid by The Business||238,768||5,157|
|Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources||24,015||909|
|Paid By Others - Federal Sources||31,909||128|
|Universities & Colleges||Total||62,457||2,567|
|Other Government Sources||3,718||155|
|University &College Directly||12,965||362|
|FFRDCs - Federal||NA||0|
|FFRDCs - Non-Federal||NA||0|
North Carolina 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
|Federal Government||State & Local
|All Other Sources|
See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.
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
|High School Graduation Rates|
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
|Location||US Rank||Doctorate Degrees Granted||% of US Total|
Doctorate Granting Institutions
Three of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in North Carolina. Duke University granted 342 doctorates. NC State University granted 407. UNC Chapel Hill granted 472.
Expenditures at North Carolina 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|
|11||University North Carolina, Chapel Hill||884,791|
|52||North Carolina State University||404,225|
|100||Wake Forest University||204,328|
|220||North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University||35,103|
|233||East Carolina University||31,990|
|252||University North Carolina, Charlotte||25,141|
|271||University North Carolina, Wilmington||19,722|
|276||University North Carolina, Greensboro||19,080|
|290||Fayetteville State University||15,719|
|315||North Carolina Central University||11,076|
|411||Elizabeth City State University||4,455|
|412||Appalachian State University||4,438|
|459||University North Carolina, Asheville||3,068|
|532||Winston-Salem State University||1,977|
|551||Western Carolina University||1,811|
|Totals — North Carolina||$2,682,081|
Federally Funded R&D Centers
No Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) are located in North Carolina.
Source: Federal Lab Consortium
|Dept. of Agriculture||FS - Southern Research Station|
|Dept. of Commerce||NOAA-Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research|
|Dept. of Commerce||NOAA-National Climatic Data Center|
|Dept. of Defense - Army||ARL - Army Research Office|
|Dept. of Defense - Navy||Fleet Readiness Center East - Vertical Lift Center of Excellence|
|Dept. of Health and Human Services||National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences|
|Dept. of Interior||North Carolina Water Science Center|
|Environmental Protection Agency||National Center for Computational Toxicology|
|Environmental Protection Agency||National Exposure Research Laboratory|
|Environmental Protection Agency||National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory|