CEG News Release: SUNY Poly the region’s biggest spender on engineering; fourth in the nation
CEG News Release
December 7, 2017
Director of Research and Communications
Capital Region Academic R&D Spending Rose 5.4% in FY2016
Region is the Northeast’s 8th Biggest and 6th Most Intense Spender on University Innovation
ALBANY, NY – December 7, 2017 – Academic research and development expenditures at Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan statistical area (MSA) higher education institutions increased over the year by more than $28 million, or 5.4 percent. In fiscal 2016, eight local colleges and universities spent a total $562.4 million on R&D, with more than four-fifths of that amount going toward life science and engineering innovation, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) data.
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Metro Area Performance
In fiscal 2016, three institutions – SUNY Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany (UAlbany) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) – each spent more than $100 million on R&D. Driving up the Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA’s academic spending was R&D in environmental sciences, which was up 69.5 percent to $20.7 million, and engineering, which was up 3.8 percent to $374.4 million. A 760.5 percent, increase in non-science and engineering R&D spending to $22.2 million, largely at UAlbany, also boosted the metro area’s fiscal 2016 expenditures total. Non-science and engineering R&D includes subfields such as business, education, communication and social work. Environmental sciences include geosciences, atmospheric sciences and ocean sciences.
At $312.2 million, SUNY Poly was the region’s biggest spender on engineering. That also made SUNY Poly the nation’s fourth biggest engineering R&D spender, trailing only John Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly’s engineering R&D ranking moved up from sixth in fiscal 2015. UAlbany last fiscal year spent $17.1 million in atmospheric science R&D, up from $9.4 million in fiscal 2015. That 82.3 percent increase sent UAlbany’s ranking in this field to 47 from 77.