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Indicia of Innovation — Tennessee

R&D Expenditures in the State

A detailed look at the colleges, universities and research organizations, their expenditures, the sources of funding, and the domains where they are spending money in the State.

Institutions

A look at the institutions and businesses forming the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Tennessee Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
The breakdown of R&D expenditures in the state and the source of the funding.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures Federal Government State & Local government Institution Funds Business Nonprofit Organizations All Other Sources
  All US Institutions $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
34 Vanderbilt University 560,466 448,948 189 73,871 12,920 21,967 2,571
109 University Tennessee, Knoxville 179,252 112,471 15,885 42,634 6,144 2,118 0
166 University Tennessee, Health Science Ctr. 77,754 48,473 3,261 13,730 7,150 5,140 0
173 University Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture 68,480 17,786 3,331 40,892 4,344 2,127 0
199 University Memphis 51,194 22,142 3,687 22,095 1,531 1,366 373
251 Meharry Medical College 25,559 23,467 0 1,154 0 938 0
294 Tennessee State University 15,439 10,240 623 4,241 305 30 0
314 East Tennessee State University 11,213 8,052 683 186 683 1,609 0
317 University Tennessee, Chattanooga 10,896 3,202 1,044 5,542 142 966 0
325 Tennessee Technological University 10,233 4,674 3,480 1,853 138 88 0
364 Middle Tennessee State University 7,108 4,553 120 2,038 345 52 0
423 Fisk University 4,058 4,058 0 0 0 0 0
519 Austin Peay State University 2,124 484 1,107 533 0 0 0
635 Sewanee: University of the South 927 427 0 282 0 218 0
648 University Tennessee, Martin 580 64 4 439 14 59 0
  Totals —¬† Tennessee $1,025,283 $709,041 $33,414 $209,490 $33,716 $36,678 $2,944

Federally Funded R&D Centers
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, FFRDC Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
One FFRDC is located in Tennessee. Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Tennessee, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
Total Federally Financed
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D expenditures Basic research Applied research Development All R&D expenditures Basic research Applied research Development
All FFRDCs     17,446,036 6,139,311 5,361,496 5,945,229 17,006,331 5,998,392 5,162,235 5,845,704
Oak Ridge National Lab. DOE Oak Ridge, TN 1,553,460 864,267 689,193 0 1,511,725 864,267 647,458 0

Funded by The State & Local Government

The Details on the institutions receiving the State and Local Government R&D funding.

Higher education R&D expenditures funded by state and local governments, ranked by all R&D expenditures, by R&D field: FY 2012. Reported in 000s, (Dollars in thousands). Data from survey cycle FY 2012, as of 30 October 2013.


Rank Institution All R&D
expenditures
Environmental
Sciences
Life
Sciences
Math &
Computer
Sciences
Physical
Sciences
Psychology Social
Sciences
Sciences,
nec
Engineering All non-S&E
fields
All US Institutions 3,704,365 167,243 2,133,890 73,818 84,821 33,600 164,970 99,140 682,971 263,912
60 University Tennessee, Knoxville 15,885 805 1,294 76 970 6 213 6,695 5,685 141
145 University Memphis 3,687 1,200 483 60 0 702 300 0 349 593
147 Tennessee Technological University 3,480 0 73 0 0 0 0 0 3,407 0
151 University Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture 3,331 0 1,417 0 0 0 1,652 178 84 0
154 University Tennessee, Health Science Ctr. 3,261 0 2,610 0 0 0 0 0 651 0
248 Austin Peay State University 1,107 0 382 0 0 0 0 0 253 472
257 University Tennessee, Chattanooga 1,044 0 52 0 0 0 0 1 991 0
289 East Tennessee State University 683 0 393 67 0 0 40 0 0 183
303 Tennessee State University 623 0 0 0 196 4 0 0 224 199
394 Vanderbilt University 189 0 72 0 0 0 0 116 0 1
422 Middle Tennessee State University 120 0 31 0 0 0 52 0 37 0
538 University Tennessee, Martin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
  Total 33,414 2,005 6,807 203 1,166 712 2,257 6,994 11,681 1,589

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