Texas A&M University is now the first university in the state to surpass the $1 billion mark in total annual research expenditures, the Division of Research announced today.
In its most recent submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, Texas A&M reported $1.131 billion in research expenditures for fiscal year 2020, an increase of $179 million, or 18.8 percent, over 2019’s total of $952 million. Expenditures include research conducted at the flagship campus in College Station, its remote campuses in Galveston and Qatar and through its state agencies within The Texas A&M University System.
Nationally, Texas A&M joins the short list of research universities that have exceeded $1 billion in total annual research expenditures, including peer institutions such as the University of Michigan; the University of North Carolina; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Congratulations to Texas A&M University on achieving this remarkable milestone. Texas A&M’s commitment to research and innovation is why it has grown into one of the premier institutions in America, and I commend university leadership and staff for their work to keep Texas A&M at the forefront of research and discovery. The State of Texas will continue to invest in higher education and work with our university partners to build a brighter future for Texas.”
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the announcement represents “a milestone that has never been achieved by a university in Texas. Credit goes to the principal investigators of Texas A&M, the Texas Legislature and particularly Gov. Greg Abbott for his focus on meaningful research with the creation of the Governor’s University Research Initiative.” As of Dec. 31, 2020, the Governor’s University Research Initiative has invested $43.68 million to attract 12 of the nation’s leading researchers to Texas A&M, according to the initiative’s 2021 report to the Texas Legislature.