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UAH first in state in six categories of federal research expenditures

HUNTSVILLE – The University of Alabama in Huntsville ranks first in the state in six categories of federal research expenditures, according to the most recent Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey.

Research graduate student Dustin Roberts working with the lasers. (Michael Mercier/UAH)

Federal research initiatives totaled $132.1 million, including first-place rankings in Department of Defense, NASA, Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Atmospheric Science & Meteorology and Astronomy expenditures.

The survey also marks marking the 11th year in a row UAH has had five or more research programs in the top 25 nationally, including:

  • Sixth in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($29.1 million)

  • 10th in computer and information sciences ($54.4 million)

  • Ninth in atmospheric science and meteorology ($16.6 million)

  • Ninth in astronomy and astrophysics ($11.9 million)

  • 24th in industrial and manufacturing engineering ($3.3 million)

NASA research expenditures totaled $33.4 million and DoD research expenditures tallied $81 million. Overall, the university achieved total federal research funding of $163.4 million for FY23. UAH’s five-year research and development expenditures total $724 million since FY19.

UAH comprises 17 research centers and institutes with significant capabilities in areas critical to national interests, such as hypersonics; logistics and supply chain management; cybersecurity; optical systems and engineering; reliability and failure analysis; rotorcraft and unmanned systems; severe weather; plasma fusion research; space propulsion and more.

The HERD Survey collects information on Research and Development expenditures by field of research and source of funds and also gathers information on types of research, expenses and headcounts of R&D personnel.

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