America’s research universities are essential to the system of innovation and knowledge generation that sets the foundation for our nation’s ability to address health challenges, maintain our economic competitiveness, understand our place in a global society, and ensure our long-term economic growth.

The federal funds that Duke University receives to support student aid, research and much more are what helps makes the institution run. Many of the research activities at Duke are made possible by the federal government’s investment in basic research, and continued federal support of research is essential to maintaining our nation’s competitive edge on the global stage.

President Price on Federal Science Research Funding

Duke’s Federal Support By Agency

Top Federal Sponsors at Duke in FY21

FY21 Federal Support
National Institutes of Health (NIH)$523,604,794
Department of Defense (DOD)$61,602,000
National Science Foundation (NSF)$33,567,000
Department of Energy (DOE)$16,169,000
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)$4,518,000
Agency for International Development (USAID)$3,864,000
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)$2,751,000
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)$2,454,000

*This data is pulled from the annual National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey.

Duke’s Total Federal Revenue

FY21 Total $649 million

Every year, colleges and universities receive federal funding to provide student aid, fund research, and much more. Here is the break down of Duke’s FY19 Federal Revenue:

  • Research Expenditures – $709,705,000
  • Student Aid – $5,418,857
  • Health Reimbursements – $1,319,453,000

Primer for the Federal Appropriations Process

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