Penn State third in rankings for federal social and behavioral science funding

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) recently released the 2018 edition of their College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral R&D, which reports total federal research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences awarded to U.S. institutions.

Penn State was ranked No. 3, with almost $40 million in research and development funding. The University was ranked No. 6 in 2017. Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey noted that “social and behavioral sciences are an integral part of Penn State’s research community. Human behavior and social relationships play a significant role in the world’s major challenges and thus are central to addressing their solutions.”

The 2018 rankings feature a new dashboard with an interactive map of recipients of social and behavioral science research and development funding to compare how each university stacks up against more than 400 U.S. institutions.

Based on the most recent available federally collected data, the COSSA rankings use an inclusive selection of fields to calculate the total federal R&D funding received by universities in the social and behavioral sciences. You can find more information on how COSSA produces its rankings on the COSSA website.

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Last Updated January 17, 2018