The National Science Foundation (NSF) reported that Hopkins had the largest research and development expenditures in all academic science and engineering fields for the fiscal year 2010. The NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics: the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey conducted the report.
Hopkins spent the most in research with financial assistance from an investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The University had a 6.9 percent increase in spending on research and development from fiscal year 2009 to 2010, reaching $61.2 billion. Life sciences saw the largest increase in spending out of the 10 broad fields that were surveyed in data collection, representing $34.9 billion of the $61.2 billion total.
Despite the upsurge in the expenditures for engineering and computer science, social sciences saw a reduction in spending by more than four percent, dropping to $2 billion.