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Nov 26, 201809:29 PMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Wisconsin R&D figures reflect strengths — and some challenges

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On the federal side, the UW–Madison’s rank ranged widely in terms of the agency source. The campus ranked fourth in the nation in funding from the Department of Energy, about $60.8 million, largely focused within the College of Engineering and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

The UW–Madison was 12th in funding directly from the National Science Foundation ($84.4 million), 16th in support from the Department of Agriculture ($27.4 million), 21st in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services ($314.8 million), 24th on the list for NASA ($12.5 million), and 15th on the list that captured most smaller agencies ($44.3 million).

One area that could be improved is spending by the Department of Defense, where the UW–Madison ranked 46th nationally. Most of the DOD spending of $26.7 million was clustered in life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

Research at the UW–Madison is spread among all colleges and schools, including the humanities, which helps to explain why the campus consistently ranks among U.S. leaders. There’s also a growing amount of academic R&D activity spread around the state, which also contributes to the Wisconsin economy.

To nourish a research environment many other states would envy, state policymakers should provide enough seed money to help.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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