State universities received $418 million in federal R&D funds
for FY 1997 (see Table
3). This represents a 3.1 percent share of all federal
funding to universities. Alabama universities led the way,
receiving $220 million in federal funds. Louisiana received
$136 million and Mississippi was allocated $53 million (see
federal funds accounted for 51 percent of the $823 million
university and college R&D funding in FY 1997 (see Table
4). Institutional funds (i.e., funds derived from tuition,
endowment, income, and appropriations in public universities)
were second with $176 million and state/local funding (excluding
direct appropriations) totaled $109 million. Industry contributes
less than 10 percent with $71 million.
for more than half of the federal R&D dollars that went to
universities and colleges with $206 million in 1997 (see Table
3). DOD ($42 million), the Department of Agriculture (USDA,
$42 million), NASA ($40 million), and the Department of Energy
(DOE, $37 million) each allocated roughly the same amount
to the region.
Gulf States had one university ranked in the top 50 university
and college recipients of federal R&D funds and three in the
top 100 during FY 1997. The University of Alabama Birmingham
(UAB) is 25th in receiving federal R&D funds with $152 million.
Louisiana State University (LSU) ranks 59th with $68 million
and Tulane University is 90th with $44 million. If all sources
of R&D funding are included, the Gulf States place two schools
in the top 50 and five schools in the top 100 (see Table
4). LSU jumps to 35th with $205 million, UAB is 36th with
$204 million, Tulane is 91st with $86 million, Auburn University
hits 95th with $85 million, and Mississippi State University
is 96th with $84 million.