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 $148 million in 2005 to $194.2 million on the Princeton University campus in 2015. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), which is managed by the University, remains strong with $112.4 million in 2015. A five year history of expenditures by prime sponsor (.pdf) to campus and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is available.
FY2015 Expenditures by Discipline
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) represented 37 percent of the total sponsored research expenditures managed by the University in FY2015. On campus, the divisions of the natural sciences and engineering and applied science accounted for 92 percent of expenditures. Critical external support for programs in the social sciences, humanities and non-academic departments amounted to 8 percent of the campus total. Centers, institutes and programs were listed within the related academic divisions when possible. This represents a change from years past when most were grouped with the non-academic departments. 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.
FY2015 Campus Research Funding by Prime Sponsor
The majority of the University’s research funding on campus (81.7 percent) comes from federal agencies. Another 13.8 percent comes from industry 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 FY2015 (.pdf) lists the number of projects, operating expenses and expenditures on training grants, equipment and facilities, and indirect costs.
Our community and our world benefit when discoveries and inventions made at Princeton are developed into new products and technologies. Princeton's teaching and research mission is enhanced when our talented students and professors know that their research may make a real-world difference. OTL serves the University's teaching and research mission by facilitating the transfer of technology to society, for the benefit of all. Over the past decade, licensing proceeds have increased dramatically, due in large part to the success of the life-saving anticancer drug ALIMTA®. OTL oversaw the issuance of 29 patents and the licensing of 31 technologies in FY2015. 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.