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NSF Ranks University of Maryland in Top 10 Public Universities for Research Spending for 3rd Straight Year

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland remains a top 10 public U.S. research institution, according to the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, widely recognized as the preeminent national ranking for universities engaged in sponsored research.

According to the latest HERD survey released Dec. 15, the University of Maryland ranked 10th among all public institutions and 17th overall nationally in research and development spending in fiscal year 2021. The University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are linked as one research enterprise in the survey and reported combined research expenditures of $1.14 billion, an increase of about $39 million from the previous year.

“Research expenditures and the HERD survey are a good indicator of the overall health and productivity of a research enterprise,” said Gregory F. Ball, vice president for research. “The fact that the University of Maryland continues to be ranked so highly reflects the dedication and hard work of faculty and staff in both College Park and Baltimore who strive every day to combine discovery, creativity and innovation in an effort to improve our state, nation and world.”

University of Maryland research addresses complex societal issues including climate change, social inequality and public health, employing cutting-edge science and technology such as quantum science, artificial intelligence, data science and augmented reality.

In 2012, the University of Maryland established a strategic partnership called MPowering the State (MPower), formalized as part of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016. This paved the way for the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to combine research initiatives and leadership to expand their collective impact. MPower has fostered hundreds of collaborations across the Baltimore and College Park campuses that are growing Maryland’s innovation economy, advancing interdisciplinary research, increasing educational benefits and addressing the state’s most critical issues.

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