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UNC has surpassed, for the first time, $1 billion in annual research expenditures, according to the nation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey. This news continues UNC-Chapel Hill’s decade-long rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research.

The University expended $1,045,338,000 on R&D activity of all types in fiscal year 2016. Of that total, $632 million was sponsored by the federal government through agencies like the National Institutes for Health. The results strengthen the University’s reputation as a global leader in fields such as medicine, health and the physical and life sciences, as well as disciplines such as psychology and the social sciences.

The latest survey covers fiscal year 2016 and was released on November 30. Carolina ranked 11th nationally among all research institutions in overall research and development (R&D) expenditures, 6th nationally among public institutions, and 6th nationally in overall federal R&D.

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