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JHU again tops in research spending

The Johns Hopkins University led U.S. universities in research spending for the 34th straight year in fiscal 2012, performing $2.106 billion in medical, science and engineering R&D, according to the National Science Foundation.

Total research and development spending in the year ending June 30, 2012 — the latest year for which numbers are available — was $783 million ahead of second-place University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the NSF reported in its annual survey.

Johns Hopkins once again also ranked first on the NSF’s separate survey of research and development spending supported by federal agencies.

It performed $1.857 billion in FY2012 research paid for with grants and contracts from agencies like the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Defense Department and NSF itself.