FOLLOW THE MONEY: These gov't agencies allocate the most funding to higher ed

  • Campus Reform analyzed how much federal research funding individual government agencies allocate.
  • The report is the second in-depth look at federal research dollars since President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at restricting those dollars from colleges that do not protect free speech.

In light of President Donald 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.

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

In a previously released report, Campus Reform looked at how much money each institution of higher learning receives, as well as the total amount of federal research dollars going to colleges and universities in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

In this new report, Campus Reform focused on the amount of money allocated for federal research and development (R&D) expenses by individual government agencies, as well as the amount of money each agency spends in specific fields of study as well as to which institutions each agency's money goes.

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

For an interactive version of the report listing funding by federal agency, click here. For an interactive version of the report breaking down funding state-by-state, click here.

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Editor's note: The information presented here is specific to federally-financed, nonprofit, four-year institutions that received more than $1 million in total R&D expenditures in Fiscal Year 2017.  






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Grace Gottschling | Investigative Reporter

Grace Gottschling is the Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey and has experience traveling across the country to engage and train others in pro-life apologetics. Grace manages research and Freedom of Information Act records requests for Campus Reform.

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