NUMBERS DON'T LIE: Trump's free speech executive order could cost colleges billions

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that could withhold federal research funding from universities that violate free speech.
  • In light of the order, Campus Reform compiled a report showing just how much federal research funding is potentially at stake.

In light of President Trump’s executive order directing government agencies to restrict and remove federal research funding from universities that infringe on students’ rights to free speech, Campus Reform compiled existing government data to determine exactly how much federal research money is doled out each year. 

The National Science Foundation, a government agency, produces annual spending reports regarding government-funded research in higher education. Campus Reform analyzed the numerous sets of data from 2017 and created a single report with the most relevant statistics to create a reader-friendly, comprehensive document.

Readers can identify what an individual state spends on “Research & Development” (R&D) and what percentage of that number is comprised of federal, state, and institution dollars, among other categories. 

Each state and American territory can be found in the report along with what public and private colleges in that state receive in total R&D funding versus all federal funding. The report also details which colleges in each state and territory receive federal R&D funding and how much funding was received in 2017.

This Campus Reform report can be viewed below. For an interactive version of the report, click here

[RELATED: RANKED: 5 colleges that receive the most in federal research funding]

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that the total amount of federal research and development funding received by both public and private colleges in 2017 was $40,237,645,000. A previous version of this article stated this amount was $24,816,370,000, which only accounts for the amount of federal research and development funding received by private institutions. 

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