The University of Michigan is first in research and development spending among public universities for the seventh year in a row, according to the National Science Foundation. The University spent over $1.36 billion in research development during the 2015 fiscal year, topping the University of Washington, wich ranked second with over $1.18 billion in spending.
Among all universities, the University was second in research spending after Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, which spent over $2.5 billion.
The University of California-San Francisco, University of California-San Diego, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison ranked fourth, fifth and sixth on the list of public and private universities respectively.
Most of the University of Michigan’s research was federally funded, with about 54 percent of the research expenditures coming from U.S. government sources. State and local government sources, institution funds, business and nonprofit organizations administered the remainder of the funds.