Research Funding Charts, Graphs, and Reports

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

 


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


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


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
  • 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)
  • Sixteenth in federal obligations for fellowships, traineeships and training grants in FY 2014 ($19.5 million)

(Source: NSF. Updated: 12/2016.)


 

All Science and Engineering Research and Development Rankings

National Institutes of Health Awards to Institutions of Higher Education

For FY 2016, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked seventh 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 more than $400 million in NIH research funding in FY 2016.

Among public campuses, UNC-Chapel Hill was fourth behind the universities of California at San Francisco, Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Pittsburgh. 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 eleventh overall with $397 million.

(Source: NIH RePORTER. Updated: 12/2016.)

 


 

Federal Obligations for Science and Engineering Research and Development

Based on the most recently available data (FY 2014) from the National Science Foundation, UNC-Chapel Hill ranks:

  • Thirteenth in federal obligations for science and engineering ($474.4 million)
  • Twelfth in federal obligations for science and engineering R&D ($450.7 million)
  • Sixteenth in federal obligations for fellowships, traineeships, and training grants ($19.5 million)

(Source: NSF. Updated: 9/2016.)

 


 

Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges

Based on the most recent overview from the NSF, UNC-Chapel Hill ranked:

  • Eighth in federal R&D expenditures for the level of federal funding ($585.8 million) devoted to research and development in all fields during fiscal 2015. (Source: National Science Foundation. Updated: 12/2016.)
  • Eleventh in total R&D expenditures during fiscal year 2015 ($967 million) (Source: NSF. Updated: 12/2016.)