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Scholarship and Research

External sources funded 1,442 separate awards in 2016-17 (not including the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory). There were 825 sponsored awards in the natural sciences, 474 in engineering and applied science, 124 in the humanities and social sciences, and 19 in other areas. Expenditures for these awards totaled $215.2 million — 82 percent from government and 18 percent from foundations, corporations and other sources. Including PPPL, the University expended approximately $330.9 million in 2016-17 in research funding from external sources.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

For over six decades, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has been an innovation and discovery leader in plasma and fusion science and engineering. PPPL’s mission is to develop the scientific understanding of plasmas from nano- to astrophysical-scale; develop the scientific knowledge to enable fusion to power the U.S. and the world; and educate and inspire future generations for the national interest. The laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and located on the James Forrestal Campus, has 500 employees, and its federal fiscal year 2017 budget is approximately $93 million.

Academic Resources

The Library

The Princeton University Library, one of the world’s foremost research libraries. A hub of activity for exploration and discovery, it is continually evolving and enhancing its contribution to the Princeton research, teaching and learning experience. The library actively supports today’s researchers through newly designed workspaces, in-depth expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and ever-increasing access to its extraordinary physical and electronic collections. Its extensive international holdings range from an Egyptian Book of the Dead (circa 1250 BCE), to the papers of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, to recently published scholarly works. The library has a campuswide presence in 10 locations, including the main library, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library.

The Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums, with collections of more than 97,000 works 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 about 200,000 on-site visitors each year. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays.