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NSF: R&D Spending Among FFRDCs Drops From 2010 Peak to $17B in 2013

research and development RDThe National Science Foundation states that research and development spending among 40 federally funded R&D centers declined in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012 based on a National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report.

NSF said Tuesday the NCSES InfoBrief reported R&D expenditures of $16.9 billion in 2013, with 1 percent or $170 million funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The foundation added that due to a reevaluation of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s reported distribution of activities, spending on basic research has dropped from 35.2 percent of total R&D expenses in 2012 to 24.8 percent the following year.

NSF also drew comparison with the peak period of fiscal 2010, in which FFRDC expenditures on R&D work reached $18 billion and ARRA-funded spending went beyond $1 billion.

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