National Science Foundation (NSF)
InfoBrief April 2013 NSF 13-321
Federally Funded R&D Centers Employed Over 3,000 Postdoctoral Researchers in 2010 [24 April 2013]
by Daniel Foley
[full-text, 4 pages]
Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) play an integral role in advancing the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) enterprise. The 39 centers on the National Science Foundation (NSF) FFRDC master list received approximately $16.8 billion dollars in federal expenditures in fiscal year 2010, including over $1 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition to assisting government agencies with scientific research and analysis, many FFRDCs also provide training opportunities for the country's aspiring researchers and scientists through postdoctoral appointments. According to the NSF 2010 Survey of Postdocs at FFRDCs, 22 of the 39 centers collectively reported employing a total of 3,011 postdocs. This InfoBrief provides a first look at characteristics of these postdocs with respect to their demographics, source of financial support (either federal or nonfederal), and field of research, as reported by an administrative staff member at each FFRDC.