This article from the Baltimore Business Journal reports on NSF's ranking of top 20 US universities by research expenditures. Johns Hopkins ranked highest after spending $1.55 billion in fiscal year 2007, the article says. This is the 29th year that Hopkins holds the top position on the list. Next on the list: the University of California, San Francisco ($843 million), and the University of Wisconsin ($620 million).

 

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