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Hopkins grows its lead in research spending even as federal grants decline

Hopkins grows its lead in research spending even as federal grants decline
(Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

In a year when federal funding of higher education research fell 3.8 percent, the government spent 2.6 percent more on studies at Johns Hopkins University, which maintained the top spot in a ranking of all institutions receiving federal money.

During fiscal year 2014, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA and other agencies spent $1.95 billion on research at Hopkins, including at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, according to NSF data.

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That is more than twice the $909 million the agencies spent at the University of Washington, the second-ranking institution, according to NSF.

Hopkins' overall spending on research, including from state and local governments, businesses, nonprofits and the institution's own coffers, grew 3.4 percent to $2.24 billion. The Laurel lab accounted for $1.3 billion of that total; without that spending, Hopkins would rank ninth among universities for total research dollars.

Hopkins has led NSF's rankings of research spending at U.S. institutions since 1979, when the agency changed its methodology to include the physics lab.

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