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Research Expenditures

The actual expenditure of sponsored research funds is the most consistent measure of external research support. The number of proposals and award amounts tend to be more variable from year to year than do expenditures.

In its rankings of public and private research universities, The Center at the University of Florida focuses on nine measures, two of which relate to research expenditures: total research expenditures and federal research expenditures.  For both measures, over the past five years the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has ranked consistently in the top 15 of public and private research universities and in the top 10 of public research universities.

The tables below show the University's ranking for total research expenditures and its performance during 1998-2002 relative to its peer groups.  Over the past decade, when the percentage increase in total research expenditures is calculated in constant 1983 dollars, the University was outperformed by all but one of the institutions in the two top-10 lists for 2002.


Total research expenditures for top 10 U.S. public and private research universities and University of Minnesota, 2002.



Average total research expenditures for top 10 U.S. public and private research universities and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 1998-2002.


The tables below show the University's ranking for federal research expenditures and its performance during 1998-2002 relative to its peer groups.  Over the past decade, when the percentage increase in federal research expenditures is calculated in constant 1983 dollars, the University was outperformed by all but four of the institutions in the two top-10 lists for 2002.

Federal research expenditures for top 10 U.S. public and private research universities and University of Minnesota, 2002.


Average federal research expenditures for top 10 U.S. public and private research universities and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 1998-2002.


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