Explore a brief introduction to an NCSES survey. Each overview includes general details on the type of information collected and how to access the data.
The BERD and its predecessors are the primary sources of information on research and development performed or funded by businesses within the United States since 1953.
HERD is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities that expended at least $150,000 in separately accounted for R&D in the fiscal year.
The Survey of Federal Funds for R&D is an annual census completed by the federal agencies that conduct R&D programs and serves as the primary source of information about federal funding for R&D in the United States.
Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions
The Federal Science and Engineering Support Survey is a congressionally mandated survey and the only source of comprehensive data on federal science and engineering (S&E) funding to individual academic and nonprofit institutions.
The GSS is an annual census of all academic institutions in the United States and its territories granting research-based master's degrees or doctorates in science, engineering, or selected health fields as of the fall of the survey year.
The FFRDC Postdoc Survey collects aggregate information on the demographic characteristics and fields of research of postdoctoral researchers employed at a FFRDC.
The Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities is a census of all research-performing colleges and universities in the United States that expended at least $1 million in research and development funds in the prior fiscal year.
The Survey of State Government R&D measures the extent of R&D activity performed and funded by the governments of each of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Topical Fact Sheets
Our fact sheets highlight NCSES data and analysis on particular areas of interest.
Discover NCSES's data on Federal R&D Funding, by Budget Function to see how the president's budget request and congressional appropriations for R&D are presented by functional categories. Functions are broad categories of national interest such as health, transportation, energy, and national defense, among others, and not restricted to a single department or agency.
Learn about NCSES's National Patterns of R&D Resources, a data collection that quantifies the trends in total U.S. R&D performance and the connections between R&D funding and performance across all sectors of the U.S. R&D enterprise: business, higher education, government, and nonprofit.
Discover how NCSES data can be used to understand the science, technology, and innovation competitiveness landscapes of the United States within an international context. Additional resources on this topic can be found by visiting Innovation and Global Competitiveness.
Explore highlights from NCSES's 2023 release of Diversity and STEM: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities. This congressionally mandated report is issued every 2 years and provides statistical information about the representation of these three groups in STEM employment and science and engineering education.
An Introduction to NCSES
Watch a video to learn about the capabilities and resources of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
Explore a key statistic from one of NCSES's publications.
Upcoming Survey Release Dates
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