Research Funding

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Research Funding, Fiscal Years 2000 to present

1998: $304,953,768 1999: $344,496,859 2000: $375,570,798
2001: $438,780,503 2002: $487,906,010 2003: $537,415,870
2004: $577,577,064 2005: $579,589,394 2006: $593,390,527
2007: $610,669,824 2008: $678,228,055 2009: $716,274,113 (includes $4,501,984 in ARRA* funding)
2010: $803,358,125 (includes $126,036,558 in ARRA* funding) 2011: $788,025,111 (includes $55,554,596 in ARRA* funding) 2012: $767,141,341 (includes $7,460,219 in ARRA* funding)
2013: $777,838,266 (includes $5,006,018 in ARRA* funding) 2014: $792,729,006 (includes $3,546,541 in ARRA* funding) 2015: $796,171,469
2016: $846,680,025 *American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


Tables and Charts: Research Funding by Administrative Unit and by Appointing Department


Research Funding Sources (FY 2016): All Funding Sources


Research Funding Sources (FY 2016): Federal Sources

Trend in Federal Research Funding, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006-2016

Trends in Non-federal Research Funding, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006-2016

Collaborative Research Funding, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2016

Collaborative Research Funding, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2016

Research Funding and the UNC-Chapel Hill Budget

Research funding and the Carolina budget. Graph shows trend lines from 1990–2016 for Government Contracts & Grants, State Appropriations & Aid, Tuition & Fees, and Private Gifts & Grants.

Rankings: Highlights

How does UNC-Chapel Hill stack up with other universities and colleges?

Highlights in Overall Rankings in Federal Funding

Based on most recently available federal award data from the National Science Foundation (FY 2014 for obligations; FY 2015 for expenditures), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks:

  • Thirteenth in federal obligations for academic science and engineering for FY 2014 ($474.4 million); one of only two North Carolina campuses in the top 20 universities nationally and the top public university in the South for FY 2014
  • Twelfth in federal obligations for science and engineering R&D ($450.7 million)
  • Eighth nationally and first in the South in federally funded research and development expenditures at public and private universities and colleges in FY 2015 ($585.8 million)
  • Eleventh in total R&D expenditures during fiscal year 2015 ($967 million)
  • Sixteenth in federal obligations for fellowships, traineeships and training grants in FY 2014 ($19.5 million)

(Source: NSF. Updated: 1/2017.)


All Science and Engineering Research and Development Rankings

National Institutes of Health Awards to Institutions of Higher Education

For federal FY 2016, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked eighth among both private and public universities nationwide for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding to domestic institutions of higher education. UNC-Chapel Hill faculty researchers received nearly $425 million in NIH research funding in federal FY 2016.

Among public campuses, UNC-Chapel Hill was fifth behind the universities of California at San Francisco, Michigan at Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, and Washington. Carolina is the top university in the South, public or private, and one of only two universities from North Carolina cited in the NIH’s top 25. The other was Duke University, ranked ninth overall with $417 million.

(Source: NIH RePORTER. Updated: 1/2017.)