Scientific Presence New Jersey

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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: 7,750 — US Rank — #6
2013 Official Count: 4,717— US Rank — #7
Patents 1963—2013: 173,478
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in New Jersey 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

456 Organizations

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

The Top Ten

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


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 728 | 2013 — 920 | 2014 — 816
Total 1977—2014: 26,473
2014 US Rank: #6 | Overall Rank: #7

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 New Jersey: $15,705,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #9 | R&D Intensity — 3.18%
New Jersey GDP — $493,175,000,000 | GDP Rank — 7
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

New Jersey 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
New Jersey
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $11,166
Business Business - Total 294,093 13,930
Paid by The Business 238,768 11,977
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 1,706
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 246
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 1,142
Federal Sources 37,714 649
Other Government Sources 3,718 86
Business 3,189 53
University &College Directly 12,965 269
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 83
Other Non-Profits 6,553 17
States Internal NA 3
Federal 35,775 528
FFRDCs Total 17,718 85
FFRDCs - Federal NA 84
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA NA

New Jersey 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
New Jersey 1,114,527 671,297 63,906 244,573 50,579 74,598 9,574

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%
New Jersey 2,037,481 799,085 39.2% 0.6%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
New Jersey 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
New Jersey 17 1,004 0.02%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Two of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in New Jersey. Princeton University granted 351 doctorates. Rutgers, The State University of NJ, New Brunswick granted 352.


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

Expenditures at New Jersey 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
45 Rutgers, State University New Jersey, New Brunswick 434,901
77 Princeton University 275,666
98 University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 206,504
146 New Jersey Institute of Technology 102,851
221 Rutgers, State University New Jersey, Newark 34,797
235 Stevens Institute of Technology 31,929
374 Seton Hall University 6,398
398 Montclair State University 5,123
426 Rutgers, State University New Jersey, Camden 3,810
427 Rowan University 3,783
540 Rider University 1,890
568 Drew University 1,597
634 Richard Stockton College New Jersey 927
638 Monmouth University 904
528 Kean University 2,029
588 William Paterson University 1,418
  Totals —  New Jersey $1,114,527

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to New Jersey Institutions →

Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in New Jersey, 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
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. DOE Princeton, NJ 81,389
  All FFRDC Expenditures in New Jersey $81,389

Follow the Money | Spending By New Jersey Based FFRDCS →

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Commerce NOAA-Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Dept. of Defense - Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Command
Dept. of Defense - Navy Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division - Lakehurst
Dept. of Energy Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Dept. of Homeland Security Transportation Security Laboratory
Dept. of Interior New Jersey Water Science Center
Dept. of Transportation William J. Hughes Technical 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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