Top 20 National Science Foundation institutions, FY2012

Top 20 National Science Foundation institutions, FY2012

The UI's Urbana-Champaign campus tops the list of institutions receiving NSF awards by more $30 million over its next-closest competitor:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: $218.7 million.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Inc., District of Columbia: $188.5 million.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Colorado: $125.75 million.

University of Washington: $114.8 million.

Cornell University, New York: $113.4 million.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: $106 million.

University of California-Berkeley: $105.2 million.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Maryland: $97 million.

Columbia University, New York: $95 million.

California Institute of Technology: $94 million.

University of Texas at Austin: $91.5 million.

University of Colorado at Boulder: $87 million.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $83 million.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: $82.8 million.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: $80.2 million.

Stanford University, California: $76.6 million.

Pennsylvania State University: $75.1 million.

Associated Universities Inc./National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Virginia: $71.7 million.

Purdue University, Indiana: $71.6 million.

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Virginia: $70.9 million.

Source: National Science Foundation

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kiel wrote on August 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

As an NSF-funded UIUC researcher and professor, I'd like to comment on this situation: As reported here, UIUC is the largest NSF institution (single campus). Due to budget constraints (both real and fabricated), federal funding is being cut dramatically in both the short term and long term (according to the historical trend). At the same time, state funding for UIUC is also being cut dramatically, due to continued fiscal mismanagement in Illinois. We on the faculty are told that we need to staunch this budget hemorrhage by securing more federal grants, i.e., by going back again and again to a well that is drying up. And the administration says this as if we have not already done almost more in this regard than they could reasonably expect -- apparently we need to be better than the best. OK, so we will continue to write more and more grant proposals which will have a smaller and smaller chance of being funded. But just so everyone knows: writing grants takes A LOT of time -- we're talking months of nearly full-time work. If this grant-writing is supposed to be constant, it is inevitable that other aspects of our work -- notably teaching and advising -- will receive less attention. Please bear this all in mind the next time you hear someone complaining about all courses being taught by TAs or adjuncts, or courses not being offered, or tuition costs going up.