Mason’s Rankings for Research Expenditures Released

Posted: July 20, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: July 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

By Tara Laskowski

According to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most recent annual report ranking colleges and universities across the nation in research expenditures, Mason is fourth among Virginia schools and 149th in the country for total research and development expenditures. The NSF report is for the 2009 fiscal year.

When compared to all universities and colleges without a medical school, Mason moved to 55th place, up from 57th place in fiscal year 2008.

Among the highlights in the rankings are:

  • Mason is one of the top recipients of federal funds for public administration, public affairs, public policy and political science.
  • The NSF’s Division of Science Resources and Statistics reported that Mason had $11.6 million in federal research and development expenditures in science, making it one of the top two in that category for the third year in a row.
  • With $15.8 million in overall federal social science funding, Mason ranked eighth.
  • When both federal and nonfederal funding were combined for the social sciences, Mason was ranked 11th in the country with a total of $32.87 million. Two of Mason’s social science disciplines ranked in the top 10: political sciences, which includes public administration, public affairs, public policy and political science, was ranked fourth with $14.3 million in funding; and economics was ranked seventh with $10.8 million in funding.

A number of research fields at Mason had the distinction of being ranked among the top 100 universities in the country in terms of research expenditures. They are computer science (46), mathematical sciences (64), psychology (77) and environmental sciences (78 for all funding and 56 for federal funding).

Mason also made an impressive showing when ranked by the source of funding. The university was ranked 30th among universities receiving funding from NASA and 50th among universities receiving U.S. Department of Defense funding.

“The new rankings by the National Science Foundation are a great source of pride for all of us,” says Roger Stough, Mason vice president for research and economic development. “And we are particularly pleased that our ranking continues to move up every year.”

He adds that it is the work of the faculty and deans across the various programs that is the basis for “this impressive accomplishment.”

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