Scientific Presence New York

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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: 12,479 — US Rank — #2
2013 Official Count: 8,489— US Rank — #3
Patents 1963—2013: 253,443
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Businesses & Outposts

554 Organizations

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

The Top Ten

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


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All Independent Inventors

2012 — 1,359 | 2013 — 1,490 | 2014 — 1,540
Total 1977—2014:51,049
2014 US Rank: #4 | Overall Rank: #2

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 York: $18,566,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #5 | R&D Intensity — 1.59%
New York GDP — $1,169,436,000,000 | GDP Rank — 3
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

New York 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 York
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $18,566
Business Business - Total 294,093 12,072
Paid by The Business 238,768 9,141
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 812
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 2,119
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 5,299
Federal Sources 37,714 3,310
Other Government Sources 3,718 274
Business 3,189 269
University &College Directly 12,965 996
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 450
Other Non-Profits 6,553 351
States Internal NA 108
Federal 35,775 210
FFRDCs Total 17,718 527
FFRDCs - Federal NA 504
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 22

New York 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 York 5,359,654 3,211,085 281,894 1,121,029 287,935 382,390 75,321

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%
New York 4,275,463 1,575,997 36.9% 0.4%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
New York 77%
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 York 2 4,018 0.08%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Four of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in New York. New York University granted 396. CUNY Graduate Center granted 427. Columbia University in the City of New York granted 454. Cornell University granted 503.


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

Expenditures at New York 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
10 Columbia University in the City of New York 889,487
16 Cornell University 802,387
39 New York University 458,645
53 Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai 400,680
56 University Rochester 389,612
65 SUNY, University Buffalo 360,226
73 Rockefeller University 292,896
74 Yeshiva University 289,027
78 SUNY, University Albany, College Nanoscale S&E 265,473
95 SUNY, Stony Brook University 219,744
126 SUNY, University Albany 137,758
150 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 92,720
157 Syracuse University 85,649
158 Cold Spring Harbor Lab. 84,072
161 SUNY, Binghamton University 81,000
190 CUNY, City College 57,982
210 SUNY, Health Science Ctr. Brooklyn 43,257
211 CUNY, Hunter College 41,022
217 Rochester Institute of Technology 36,935
219 SUNY, Upstate Medical University 35,897
242 SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry 28,509
255 New York Medical College 23,277
258 CUNY, Queens College 22,399
263 Polytechnic Institute of New York University 21,413
266 Teachers College, Columbia University 20,805
274 Fordham University 19,311
282 Albany Medical College 17,735
298 Clarkson University 14,809
309 U.S. Military Academy 12,227
335 CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 9,319
337 CUNY, Brooklyn College 9,216
338 CUNY, Graduate Ctr. 9,173
357 New School 7,568
390 Alfred University 5,451
401 CUNY, College Staten Island 4,955
420 Pace University 4,214
431 Long Island University 3,648
434 CUNY, Baruch College 3,605
441 SUNY, College of Optometry 3,466
452 Colgate University 3,268
455 Hofstra University 3,237
456 CUNY, Lehman College 3,228
458 Hamilton College 3,069
461 New York Institute of Technology 3,013
464 SUNY, Buffalo State College 2,970
484 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 2,639
491 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr., Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 2,562
494 Niagara University 2,475
509 Albany State University 2,225
516 St. John's University, Manhattan 2,161
518 SUNY, College Geneseo 2,132
550 CUNY, system office 1,817
564 CUNY, Medgar Evers College 1,635
565 SUNY, Farmingdale State College 1,629
572 CUNY, York College 1,544
576 Hobart and William Smith Colleges 1,516
577 Union College, Schenectady 1,516
581 SUNY, College Brockport 1,487
600 Vassar College 1,258
603 SUNY, College Old Westbury 1,237
609 Ithaca College 1,132
636 SUNY, College Plattsburgh 913
639 Touro College 889
541 Skidmore College 1,885
561 Siena College 1,662
625 St. Bonaventure University 986
  Totals —  New York $5,359,654

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Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in New York, 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
Brookhaven National Lab. DOE Upton, NY 516,921
  All FFRDC Expenditures in New York $516,921

Follow the Money | Spending By New York Based FFRDCS →

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Defense - Air Force AFRL - Information Directorate
Dept. of Defense - Army Benét Laboratories
Dept. of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory
Dept. of Homeland Security National Urban Security Technology Laboratory
Dept. of Homeland Security Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Dept. of Interior New York Water Science Center

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

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