October 14, 2002
Research funding at Purdue yields 10,906 jobs statewide
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue University research generated 10,906 jobs statewide in fiscal year 2000, fueled by $263.4 million in research expenditures, according to a recently released report.
Those funds, which include federal, state and private grants, made up more than one-half of all the state's research and development expenditures by doctoral-granting institutions in 2000, said John A. Schneider, Purdue's assistant vice president for industry research/outreach.
The Association of American Universities in July released a report on the employment impact of academic research and development for Indiana in the federal fiscal year 2000. The 2000 federal fiscal year, which ran from Oct. 1, 1999, to Sept. 31, 2000, is the latest period for which figures are available.
"The AAU report shows that university research produces not only innovation, long-term progress and prosperity, but also immediate benefits to Indiana's economy in terms of employment for citizens of the state," Schneider said.
Total research and development expenditures at Indiana doctoral-granting institutions (Purdue, Indiana University, Ball State University, Indiana State University and the University of Notre Dame) in fiscal year 2000 were $503.4 million, which yielded 20,842 jobs.
Gary E. Isom, Purdue's vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, said: "This data shows one dimension of Purdue's efforts at engagement in the state. We are also working to bring high-technology university research to the Indiana marketplace in efforts such as our recently announced $100 million Discovery Park."
Indiana's doctoral-granting institutions received a total of $279.1 million from five federal agencies: the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy.
Using a formula developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the report includes full- and part-time jobs, both directly in research-performing institutions and supported indirectly outside those institutions as their expenditures flow through the state economy.
Nationally, research and development at research universities was responsible for 1.079 million jobs, according to the Association of American Universities' report. To put that number in perspective, the report cited 1.13 million jobs in motor vehicles and equipment and 444,000 jobs in newspaper publishing and printing in 2000.
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