The data in these tables are collected biennially through the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) congressionally mandated Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities.
The FY 2011 survey was sent to research-performing academic research institutions in the U.S. For the purposes of this survey, research-performing academic institutions were defined as colleges and universities with $1 million or more in research and development expenditures. Each academic institution’s level of R&D expenditures was determined by the FY 2010 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey (HERD). Military institutions, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs institutions, and federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) were not included in the survey. Previously, biomedical institutions that received support from the National Institutes of Health were surveyed. In FY 2011 nonprofit biomedical research institutions were no longer included.
These tables provide data on the amount of science and engineering research space existing at the eligible U.S. colleges and universities. Additional data are provided on the condition of facilities; planned, and deferred repair and renovation; and planned and deferred construction projects. Selected tables provide information reported by all institutions that participated in the survey.
The FY 2009 data related to new construction and source of funds for new construction shown in the FY 2011 tables have been revised to reflect updated information from the respondent institutions.
The tables also provide data on the characteristics of networking and computing capacity. These data focus on commodity and high-performance bandwidth, desktop port connections, high-performance computing and wireless connections.