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GW sees $25 million increase in research spending

The University increased its total research spending in fiscal year 2014 by more than $25 million according to data from the National Science Foundation.

GW spent more than $227 million on research and development in fiscal year 2014, landing in the 15.3 percentile of universities included on the list. The University also jumped six places to No. 92 out of the 632 academic institutions ranked. GW has doubled its total of research expenditures since fiscal year 2009.

The total includes the amount spent on research out of the University’s own budget and the amount covered by grants, from both federal and private sources.

The University’s ranking has fluctuated over the years, hitting No. 98 in fiscal year 2010 before sliding for the next two years. The amount spent has increased steadily nearly every year except fiscal year 2012, when that total dropped by roughly $1 million.

GW was outspent by eight of its peer institutions, including Boston, Duke and Northwestern universities, but ranked higher than six other peers like Georgetown and American universities. Johns Hopkins grabbed the top spot with more than $2.2 billion spent on research.

Research spending has increased University-wide in the past few years as part of a greater effort to boost GW’s research profile, despite cramped federal budgets. Last year, research expenditures grew by 11 percent, more than administrators had expected.

December 11, 2015 at 9:41 p.m.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Johns Hopkins spent $2.2 million on research last fiscal year. They spent $2.2 billion on research. The Hatchet also failed to clarify that the research data came from fiscal years, and not calendar years. We regret these errors.

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