The Research Drain

As universities ante up more of their own money, many still slip in federal science ranking

Universities Ante Up Own Money in Research Race but Fail to Gain Ground 2

Yana Paskova for The Chronicle

As its federal funds have declined, the State University of New York at Stony Brook (shown here, its bionanotechnology lab) has concentrated on attracting more research money from corporations and state partnerships.

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Yana Paskova for The Chronicle

As its federal funds have declined, the State University of New York at Stony Brook (shown here, its bionanotechnology lab) has concentrated on attracting more research money from corporations and state partnerships.

At a time when earning a berth among the country's elite research universities is more competitive than ever, many institutions have tried to improve their edge by spending more of their own money but have failed to see a payoff.

An analysis by The Chronicle of the 100 universities receiving the most federal research dollars in 1999 found that 27 of them at least doubled their own spending on research over the following decade, yet nearly half of those fell in the federal