Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2022
December 5, 2023
Though the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected research doctorate conferrals in academic years 2020 and 2021, due in part to graduation delays and other disruptions to doctorate completion, data for 2022 show that doctoral degree attainment has rebounded with the highest number of research doctorate conferrals ever in a single academic year: 57,596.
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Federally funded R&D at universities totaled almost $54 billion in FY 2022—55% of total academic R&D expenditures
The majority (73.7%) of state government R&D expenditures in FY 2022 were extramural; higher education institutions were the primary recipients
Of the total $75 billion of R&D paid for by others across all industries in 2021, the federal government accounted for $24 billion
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