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Income of universities, contract activities

data publication
05 November 2021
university income
In this data publication, we show the size and development of the income from contract activities of all Dutch universities and we zoom in on the income from contract research sorted by funder.

In short

  • Income from contract activities has increased since 2006.
  • NWO funds the largest share of contract research, about 28%.
  • The share of internationally funded contract research has increased between 2008 and 2020.

Income universities, contract activities

Analysis
Income from contract activities has increased sharply since 2006, from more than 1 billion euros in 2006 to 2 billion euros in 2019. In 2020 we will see a slight decline (to 1.9 billion euros), possibly as a result of the corona crisis. The share of contract research has increased from 82% in 2006 to 88% in 2020.

Income contract research by source of funds

Analysis
If we look at the funders of contract research, NWO is the largest funder. In 2020 NWO funds 479 million euros, which is approximately 28% of all contract research. The share of internationally funded contract research has increased most sharply in the period 2008-2020. As a share of all contract research, this rises from 17 to 23%.