Despite ranking eighth in the country in terms of working doctoral-degree holders and eleventh in terms of population, New Jersey ranked only fourteenth when it comes to being awarded federal research and development dollars, according to the National Science Foundation. The statistics are from 2006, the last year the NSF looked at the issue. In that year, New Jersey received $2.1 billion in federal R&D monies.
The biggest bulk of those dollars ($1.5 billion) came from the Department of Defense, $876 million of which was given to industrial firms. The second largest amount spent on federal R&D was from the Department of Health and Human Services ($282 million), most of which went to New Jersey universities and colleges. The NSF itself awarded $91 million to universities and colleges.
Still, New Jersey’s universities fare poorly in terms of federal R&D grants, since they ranked twentieth among states in that category.