Surveys & Analysis
NCSES conducts a number of periodic surveys to assess trends in the science and engineering enterprise. Select an individual survey for a detailed description and links to related data, reports, collections, and products.

Featured Reports

View key reports from NCSES on the current state of science and engineering in the United States.
The State of U.S. Science and Engineering.

The State of U.S. Science and Engineering

Review information on the state of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise over time and within a global context. This report is congressionally mandated, prepared and released every even-numbered year. 
Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities.

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities

Examine major trends in doctoral education from accredited U.S. academic institutions. Data are organized into categories such as field of study, postgraduation commitments, and characteristics of doctoral recipients.
Diversity and STEM: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities.

Diversity and STEM: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities

Our congressionally mandated report explores statistical information about the representation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM employment and science and engineering education.

Data Collections

The following collections aggregate data and analysis from across NCSES on specific topics.
Federal R&D Funding, by Budget Function.

Federal R&D Funding, by Budget Function

This collection presents data on the federal funding of R&D and R&D components of agency programs. R&D data are classified into federal budget function categories, such as Defense, Health, Space, and Energy.
National Patterns of R&D Resources.

National Patterns of R&D Resources

Review trend data on overall research and development efforts in the United States. Information includes R&D expenditures by sector of performance, source of funds, character of R&D work, R&D-to-GDP ratios, and international comparisons.
Academic Institution Profiles.

Academic Institution Profiles

Search individual institution profiles to view selected data on doctorates, graduate students, and funding and expenditures. Profiles and corresponding data are based on data collections from four NCSES surveys.


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Public Use Files

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Definitions & Resources


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Master Government List of Federally Funded R&D Centers

Explore the list of federally funded R&D centers, current as of February 2024.


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