Scholarship and Research
External sources funded 1,433 separate projects in 2015-16 (not including the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory). There were 788 sponsored projects in the natural sciences, 486 in engineering and applied science, 143 in the humanities and social sciences, and 16 in other areas. Expenditures for these projects totaled $200.8 million — 81 percent from government and 19 percent from foundations, corporations and other sources. Including PPPL, the University expended approximately $318.4 million in 2015-16 in research funding from external sources.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for plasma and fusion science. Its primary mission is to make the scientific discoveries and develop the key innovations that will lead to fusion as a safe, economical and environmentally attractive energy source. Associated missions include conducting world-class research along the broad frontier of plasma science and providing the highest quality of scientific education. The laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and other sources, is located on the James Forrestal Campus. PPPL has 462 employees, and the laboratory’s budget in federal fiscal year 2016 is $109 million.
The Princeton University Library, one of the world’s most distinguished research libraries, consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and nine special libraries. Its holdings include more than 10 million books, 6 million microforms, 57,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and smaller but distinguished holdings of rare books, prints, archives and other material that require special handling. In 2015, the library received a collection of 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts from the estate of William H. Scheide, a 1936 Princeton alumnus. The library’s extensive electronic resources include databases and journals, statistical packages, images and digital maps.
The Art Museum
The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums, with collections of more than 92,000 objects ranging from ancient to contemporary, concentrating geographically on Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas. The museum advances Princeton’s teaching and research missions while serving the local, national and international communities through its collections, exhibitions, and educational and social activities. Founded in 1882 on the belief that the study of great original works of art was essential to higher education, the museum welcomes more than 180,000 on-site visitors each year. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays.