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CSU Advances within Top 20 Percent of National Science Foundation Rankings of Funding for Research and Development

R&D expenditures increase 371 percent over five years

For the third consecutive year, Cleveland State University ranks among the top 20 percent of universities in the United States for research and development, and the University advanced nine places in the national measure produced by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CSU had overall R&D expenditures of $67.4 million for fiscal year 2013, according to the NSF's Higher Education Research and Development Survey, released last week. This puts CSU at No. 174 in the NSF’s national rankings, up from No. 183 in 2012; No. 193 in 2011; No. 220 in 2010; and No. 261 in 2009.

CSU’s R&D expenditures increased by 371 percent during this five-year period, and by more than 10 percent between 2012 and 2013 – in sharp contrast to the national trend. Adjusted for inflation, higher education R&D increased by less than half a percent in 2013, according to the NSF.

"CSU's steady growth in research expenditures can be attributed to the efforts of our faculty and students, and reflects the University's growing commitment to research and scholarship. Strong productivity has also allowed CSU to increase our share of competitive dollars while the trend in research expenditures across the nation is flat," said Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Vice President for Research at CSU.

Among all public and private universities in Ohio, the NSF currently ranks CSU at No. 7 in total R&D expenditures, well ahead of many other institutions, including Ohio University, Wright State University, Miami University, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University.

The NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at higher-education institutions.