Johns Hopkins leads nation in research spending for 39th consecutive year
Johns Hopkins University led all U.S. universities in research and development spending for the 39th consecutive year in fiscal year 2017, spending a record $2.562 billion on projects like enhancing drone safety, growing retinas in the lab to find out how color vision is developed, and improving methods of studying cell mechanics to advance cancer research.
The total R&D expenditure in fiscal year 2017—the most recent year for which nationwide data is available—was 5.4 percent greater than in fiscal year 2016, according to the yearly National Science Foundation report on higher education R&D.
“The wide breadth of research at Johns Hopkins, from engineering to the life science, from the social sciences to the humanities, continues to be funded at record levels,” says Denis Wirtz, the university’s vice provost for research and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, pathology, and oncology. “This support allows the institution to uphold its critical mission of fostering independent and original research, and bringing the benefits of discovery to the world.”