Historical Trends in Federal R&D

jeffersonThe below charts and tables present a range of federal R&D data series, including research budgets by agency, character and discipline. Most data come from annual AAAS R&D budget reports. Additionally, some charts below rely on data collected by the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, and from the historical tables provided by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), via the President’s budget request. Constant-dollar conversions (adjusting for inflation) use OMB’s chained price index, found in historical table 10.1 from the most recent budget request. If you have any questions, or are looking for data you don’t see below, contact us.

General Overview | By Agency | By Character | By Discipline | National Totals


General Overview

Series Chart Data Last Update
Defense, Nondefense, and Total R&D, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Federal R&D as a Percent of GDP, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
By Function: Defense and Nondefense R&D, 1953-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
By Function: Nondefense Only, 1953-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
R&D as a Percent of Discretionary Spending, 1962-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
R&D as a Percent of the Total Federal Budget, 1962-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Federal R&D and Facilities Funding by Performer, 1967-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
U.S. Global Change Research Program Budget JPG Excel May 2014
National Nanotechnology Initiative Budget JPG Excel May 2014
Networking and IT R&D Program Budget JPG Excel May 2014

 

By Agency

Series Chart Data Last Update
Total R&D by Agency, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Trends in Defense R&D, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Dept. of Defense Science & Technology, 1990-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Dept. of Defense R&D by Military Department, 1991-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
National Institutes of Health Budget by Institute, 1998-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
National Institutes of Health Budget by Funding Mechanism, 1998-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Dept. of Energy R&D, 1997-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
National Science Foundation Budget, 1998-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
U.S. Department of Agriculture R&D, 2000-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Dept. of Commerce R&D, 2000-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Dept. of Homeland Security R&D, 2002-2015 JPG Excel May 2014

 

By Character

Series Chart Data Last Update
Total Research by Agency, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Basic Research by Agency, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Applied Research by Agency, 1976-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Development by Agency, 2000-2015 JPG Excel May 2014
Total Research by Performer, 1967-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
Basic Research by Performer, 1967-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
Applied Research by Performer, 1967-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
Development by Performer, 1967-2012 JPG Excel May 2014

 

By Discipline

Series Chart Data Last Update
Federal Research Funding by Discipline, 1970-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
See also the R&D by Discipline page on this site.

 

National Totals

Series Chart Data Last Update
National R&D By Funder, 1953-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
National R&D By Funder (Share of Total) JPG
National R&D By Performer, 1953-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
National R&D By Performer (Share of Total) JPG
University S&E R&D Funding by Source, 1990-2012 JPG Excel May 2014
International R&D Intensity, 1995-2012 JPG Excel May 2014

 

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