Overview of California State-Funded R&D, 2004-2007
Release date: November 30, 2008
Research and Development (R&D) funding has undergone significant shifts in pattern over the last
several decades. In response to flat or declining federal funding for various R&D efforts, as well
as federal policy restrictions on funding for certain areas of research (e.g. stem cell research),
states have come to take a more direct role in funding R&D. There exists a variety of indicators
tracking R&D spending, but few focus on the state level. The previous most comprehensive assessment of R&D
spending in California was CCST's 1999 CREST report.
This project is an update to the 1999 report, incorporating data from a variety
of sources including a new survey conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.
Census Bureau. It explores:
Available data on R&D spending by California
What is not possible to know with the current data being gathered at the state and federal level
Suggested approaches for California to collect additional data needed for a more comprehensive overview of the state's R&D spending
This project was written as part of an overall assessment of the present status and long-term
trends affecting California's science and technology infrastructure for the California Innovation
Corridor project, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the state of California and the
California Space Authority titled, "Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development" (WIRED).
State R&D funding leverages significant amounts of funding from other sources, focusing a much more significant percentage of
overall R&D on priorities important to California
State R&D funding is focused on areas of importance to California that may not be adequately supported by other sources.
State R&D funding fosters collaboration and provides essential input into the innovation process.
The state needs to collect more data in a systematic manner, including:
A comprehensive list of R&D funding underway, not a representative sampling
R&D funding by both program AND institution
How much of the state's total R&D funding is influenced by state spending