COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The National Science Foundation has named Texas A&M University as the only new member of the NSF’s annual list of the Top 20 Academic Research Performers in the United States.
Texas A&M joins an elite list including such standouts as the Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State, Penn State, Duke University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – and is the only Texas institution to rank in the NSF’s Top 20 for 2009.
Each year, the NSF surveys 690 U.S. institutions and ranks them according to their research and development expenditures in science and engineering.
For 2008, Texas A&M’s research expenditures increased by 6.99 percent to $582 million. This pushed Texas A&M up two places on the 2009 NSF list from No. 22 to No. 20, displacing Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.), which had been a member of the NSF Top 20 since 1999.
The NSF ranked Texas A&M at No. 22 in 2008, based on the university’s 2007 research expenditures of $544 million.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Seemann, Texas A&M’s vice president for research, said the university is determined to reach the NSF Top 10 within the next few years.
“By joining the NSF Top 20, Texas A&M takes a significant step toward its goal of ranking among the top 10 research universities in the United States,” Seemann said. “It is notable that Texas A&M advanced its research activities in a year when four of the NSF’s Top 20 institutions for 2008 – Duke, Ohio State, Florida and Washington (St. Louis) – reported declines in their research expenditures for the NSF’s most recent survey.”
Texas A&M’s investment represents 3.78 percent of the total research expenditures – $15.363 billion – reported by the Top 20 institutions to the NSF for the 2009 list. The NSF ranks Texas A&M as No. 3 among all institutions without a medical school, behind No. 1 MIT and No. 2 University of California at Berkeley.
The NSF published its 2009 list of Top Academic Research Performers in its September 2009 InfoBrief (NSF 09-318), headlined “Federal Government is Largest Source of University R&D Funding in S&E; Share Drops in FY 2008.” It is available online and may be downloaded at:http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf09318/nsf09318.pdf. The 2009 list is located on Page 4 in Table 4.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare and to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, it funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. The NSF’s web site is http://www.nsf.gov/.
About research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s premier research institutions, Texas A&M is a leader in making significant contributions to the development of new knowledge in many fields, including the life sciences, agriculture, engineering, the geosciences, the biomedical sciences and the liberal arts. Research conducted at Texas A&M represents an annual investment of more than $582 million making it one of the top 20 research universities in the United States. Texas A&M ranks third nationally for universities without a medical school. Texas A&M research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting in many cases in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. Visit our website at http://rgs.tamu.edu.