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Press Release 13-053

National Science Foundation Data Demonstrate Modest Research and Development Growth in Fiscal Year 2010

Growth driven by $3 billion increase in R&D plant obligations in FY 2010

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New report discloses federal obligations for R&D and R&D plant.
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March 26, 2013

Federal obligations for research and development (R&D) and R&D plant, which represents facilities and fixed equipment, increased 1.5 percent to $147 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2010, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The growth was driven by a $3 billion, or 81.3 percent, increase in R&D plant obligations in FY 2010.

Of this $3 billion, $1.1 billion was funding associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, and $1.9 billion represented non-ARRA funds. ARRA funding accounted for 6.2 percent of the $147 billion FY 2010 total.

Total federal obligations just for R&D decreased 1.4 percent to $125.9 billion between FY 2009 and FY 2010, with ARRA funds providing $5.9 billion of the total. With all ARRA funds obligated by the end of FY 2010, R&D obligations were estimated to decrease 7.7 percent to $116.2 billion between FY 2010 and FY 2011.

For more information on this report, please contact Michael Yamaner.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.


Media Contacts
Deborah Wing, NSF, (703) 292-5344,
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070,

Program Contacts
Michael Yamaner, NSF, (703) 292-7815,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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