Sponsored Research

History of Sponsored Research Expenditures


Federal support for research is essential as a driver of innovation that benefits the national economy. Sponsored research expenditures on the Princeton University campus have grown steadily over the years from $145 million in 2007 to $215 million in 2017. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), which is managed by the University, remains strong with $115.7 million in 2017. A five-year history of expenditures by prime sponsor (.pdf) is available. 


FY2017 Expenditures by Discipline

expenditures by discupline

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) represented 35% of the total sponsored research expenditures managed by the University in FY2017. On campus, the divisions of the natural sciences and engineering and applied science accounted for 94% of expenditures. External support for programs in the social sciences, humanities and non-academic departments was 6% of the campus total. Centers, institutes and programs were included with the related academic divisions. A breakdown of sponsored research expenditures by department or program (.pdf) provides additional information on the number of projects, operating expenses and expenditures on training grants, equipment and facilities and indirect costs.


FY2017 Campus Research Funding by Prime Sponsor

funding sources


The majority (82%) of the University’s research funding on campus comes from federal agencies. Another 16% comes from industry and foundations, which complement the federal investment in research. These include projects that combine research with education, projects that fill the gap between fundamental and applied research, and specific investigator-led projects. A detailed chart of sponsored research expenditures by prime sponsor (.pdf) in FY2017 lists the number of projects, operating expenses and expenditures on training grants, equipment and facilities, and indirect costs.