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Johns Hopkins University grows its lead in research spending

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BALTIMORE (AP) — In terms of spending, Johns Hopkins University has maintained the top spot in a ranking of all institutions receiving federal money for the 36th consecutive year.

In a statement Wednesday, the university said the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA and other agencies spent $1.95 billion on research at Hopkins, including at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

That number is more than twice the $909 million the agencies spent at the University of Washington, the second-ranking institution.

The government spent 2.6 percent more on studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2014, despite the fact that federal funding of higher education research fell 3.8 percent over that same time period.

Hopkins has led the National Science Foundation's rankings of research spending at U.S. institutions since 1979.

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