Medical schools land 45% of federal research dollars

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 10, 2004

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Medical schools captured the bulk of federal research dollars in fiscal year 2002, with the nation's 126 allopathic medical colleges receiving $9.6 billion or 45% of the $21.4 billion awarded.

Federal spending on research and development at colleges and universities soared to $21.4 billion in 2002 from $12.8 billion in 1996 -- a 67% jump in current dollars, according to the report released by Rand Corp. a nonprofit research organization

"Our analysis gives the first clear picture of how the nation spends its research and development money in the higher education sector," said Donna Fossum, PhD, the report's lead author. "With this information in hand, decision-makers are in a better position to consider whether the overall allocation of funds to various substantive fields -- which occurs agency by agency -- is consistent with national priorities."

Nearly 800 separate campuses of U.S. colleges and universities received some federal research and development funding in 2002.

The 20 osteopathic medical programs were not included in the study.

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