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UW-Madison drops to 4th in nation in research spending


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - UW-Madison has dropped from 3rd to 4th in the country in what it spent on research in the last fiscal year.

The National Science Foundation said the UW spent $1.1 billion on research in fiscal 2011 – less than Johns Hopkins and the universities of Michigan and Washington.

Madison has been among the nation’s five largest research schools – both public and private – for the last two decades.

Vice chancellor Martin Cadwallader says the UW’s overall research numbers are still heading in the right direction. That’s because Madison’s total for research spending grew by over $100 million in the year ending last September. That includes studies in science and engineering, among other fields.

The UW’s research funding comes mainly from competitive federal grants from agencies like the Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and NASA.

Madison received around $600 million in federal research dollars last year – including $52 million from the Obama stimulus package.