University of Maryland Research Spending Rises, Earning Top 20 Ranking from NSF

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Post excerpted from Maryland Today | November 30, 2023

The University of Maryland continues to boost its spending on impactful research, earning it a spot among the top 20 U.S. research institutions in the latest National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, the most widely recognized national ranking for universities engaged in sponsored research.

In the latest survey, released Nov. 30, University of Maryland ranked 11th nationally among public institutions and 19th overall in research and development spending in fiscal year 2022. The University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are linked as one research enterprise in the survey and reported combined research expenditures of almost $1.23 billion, an increase of about $86 million from the previous year.

Maryland is one of just six states to boast more than one research institution at or above $1 billion in research spending, with Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University nabbing the top spot in the survey.

“Maryland may be a small state geographically, but we are clearly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research awards and spending,” said Vice President for Research Gregory F. Ball.

“We are in very good company with the other prestigious universities ranked near us in this survey, and this is a true testament to our dedicated faculty and staff in both College Park and Baltimore who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people in our state, nation and world through innovative and creative research.”