The Office of the Dean for Research supports Princeton’s mission to be one of the leading research universities by uniting people, resources and opportunities for the creation, preservation and transmission of knowledge. The Dean for Research and the offices that report to the dean — Research and Project Administration, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Technology Licensing, Research Integrity and Assurance, and Laboratory Animal Resources — work together to steward and administer our thriving research enterprise. Additionally, the dean for research, with the advice of the University Research Board, is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies on sponsored research.
Research and Project Administration
History of Sponsored Research Expenditures
Federal support for research is essential as a driver of innovation that benefits the national economy. Sponsored research expenditures have grown steadily over the years from $138 million in 2003 to $199 million on the Princeton University campus in 2013. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), which is managed by the University, has seen sponsored research expenditures grow from $69 million in 2003 to $81 million in 2013. A five year history of expenditures by prime sponsor (.pdf) to campus and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is available.
FY2013 Expenditures by Discipline
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) represented 29% of the total sponsored research expenditures managed by the University in FY2013. On campus, the divisions of Natural Sciences and Engineering & Applied Science accounted for 78% of expenditures. Critical external support for programs in the social sciences, humanities, centers, institutes and other non-departmental units amounted to 22% of the campus total. A breakdown of sponsored research expenditures by department or program (.pdf) provides additional information on the number of projects, operating expenses and expenditures on training grants, equipment and facilities and indirect costs.
FY2013 Campus Research Funding by Prime Sponsor
The majority of the University’s research funding on campus (84.6 percent) comes from federal agencies. Another 12.4 percent comes from corporations and foundations, which are essential supporters in funding endeavors that complement the federal investment in research. These include projects that combine research with education, projects that fill the gap between fundamental and applied research, and specific investigator-led projects. A detailed chart of sponsored research expenditures by prime sponsor in FY2013 (.pdf) lists the number of projects, operating expenses and expenditures on training grants, equipment and facilities, and indirect costs.
Over the past decade, licensing income has increased dramatically. OTL oversaw the issuance of 33 patents and the licensing of 29 technologies in FY2013. Innovations developed at Princeton include those in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, ceramics and materials science, chemistry, computers and software, medical devices and diagnostics, and optoelectronics and electrical engineering. The University also supports the development of promising new technologies through its Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which awards funding of up to $100,000 to advance early-stage research to a point where it is attractive to commercial development.