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Monday, April 13, 2015


Research space at academic institutions increased by 4.7 percent in fiscal 2013
Biological and biomedical sciences constitute largest share of research space

Research-performing colleges and universities increased their science and engineering research space 4.7 percent between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2013, according to a new report from the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

The report details that total research space increased 9.6 million net assignable square feet over this period, from 202.2 million to 211.8 million. The biological and biomedical sciences, along with agricultural and natural resources science, accounted for two-thirds of that total growth.

Biological and biomedical sciences constituted the largest share of research space in fiscal 2013, at 27 percent--just slightly more than they held in 2011.

Net gains in research space for individual fields included the following:

Engineering, 5.7 percent
Physical sciences, 3.7 percent
Health and clinical sciences, 3.5 percent
Mathematics and statistics, 13.3 percent
Net research space in the computer and information sciences fields declined by 14 percent over the two-year period.

Public doctorate-granting institutions accounted for 70.9 percent of science and engineering research space in fiscal 2013, with their private counterparts accounting for 24.4 percent.

New construction for science and engineering research space fell by 17.3 percent when comparing projects started in fiscal 2012-2013 with those started in fiscal 2010-2011. The decrease follows a decade-long trend of decline in new construction for research. But the survey also found that academic institutions are more accurately estimating the amount of research space construction they'll start in upcoming years.

Data for the report were gathered from 588 academic institutions through the Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities. The survey collects data on the amount, construction, repair, renovation and funding of research facilities.

Media Contacts
Rob Margetta, NSF,
Program Contacts
Michael T. Gibbons, NSF