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Data Source:   NSF Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities, which is conducted biennially by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The survey is composed of two sections. Part 1 focuses on S&E research space and related metrics. Part 2 focuses on computing and networking capacity for research and instructional activities.

Michael Gibbons
Survey Statistician
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4590
Fax: (703) 292-9091

Source data and documentation are available from the National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
Following extensive Congressional hearings on the research facilities needs of colleges and universities, Congress directed NSF to collect and report data on the status of science and engineering (S&E) research facilities at higher education institutions in NSF's 1986 reauthorization (P.L. 99-159). To meet this mandate, NSF conducts the Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities on a biennial basis. Generally, the survey collects information on: current amount of S&E research space, condition of S&E current research space, current and planned expenditures to construct and repair/renovate S&E research facilities and the source of funding, deferred construction and repair/renovation of S&E research facilities.

The data in WebCASPAR covers a subset of the questions. Contact the survey manager above for the data not included in WebCASPAR.

The fields of science for the survey are based on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). NSF updates the fields of science in the survey when NCES updates the CIP. The fields of science and engineering used in each survey are available at:

Fields of Science and Engineering

Data are available for the Fiscal Years (FYs) 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 surveys.
Current As Of
Data are current as of February 2017.
Population Size and Structure
The survey collects data from U.S. colleges and universities with $1 million or more in R&D expenditures in the previous fiscal year. Typically between 460 and 600 academic institutions are included in each survey cycle.

Nonprofit, biomedical research institutions and hospitals that received $1 million or more in research funding from NIH in the previous fiscal year were included from 2003 to 2009. Typically between 185 and 195 biomedical institutions were included in these survey cycles.

Each academic institution's level of R&D expenditures is determined using the NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey. Each biomedical institution's funding was determined using a list of nonprofit biomedical research organizations and hospitals funding recipients provided by NIH. Military institutions, Veteran's Administration institutions, and federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) are excluded.

Prior to FY 2013, the survey responses in WebCASPAR are not weighted or imputed.

To obtain weighted and imputed data for FYs 2003 - 2011, contact the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

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