February 7, 2022

UT Austin No. 1 in NSF Funding in United States

UT Austin No. 1 in NSF Funding in United States

The University of Texas at Austin is ranked No. 1 among U.S. universities in research financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year 2020, according to the annual Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey. The university had NSF research expenditures totaling more than $144 million, topping other institutions such as the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and the University of Michigan.

“The NSF funds bold ideas across multiple disciplines, laying the foundation for future breakthroughs that will impact society. Producing that kind of impact is what inspires and motivates everything we do,” said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. “I’m especially proud of our research teams and research support staff whose incredible work enable us to leverage NSF funds so effectively.”

Examples of NSF funding abound on the UT Austin campus. The NSF designated UT Austin as a National Artificial Intelligence Institute in fiscal 2020, competitively awarding professors Adam Klivans, Alex Dimakis and their colleagues in computer science and computer engineering a cooperative agreement to establish the Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning. Now a hub for interdisciplinary research, the institute brings together mathematicians, roboticists, data scientists and ethicists to create new classes of algorithms that can lead to more sophisticated and beneficial AI technologies.

Read the full press release from UT News.