Federal Science and Engineering Obligations to Academic Institutions Reach $31.6 Billion in FY 2016; Support to HBCUs Declines for the Second Year in a Row

In FY 2016, federal agencies obligated $31.6 billion to institutions of higher education in support of science and engineering (S&E), up from the $30.5 billion obligated in FY 2015. Funding for research and development to universities and colleges accounted for 90% of the total federal S&E support to higher education institutions. These data are from the FY 2016 Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions, conducted by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation.