COSSA Releases 2024 College & University Rankings for Social & Behavioral Science R&D Funding

On March 13, COSSA released its annual College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral Science R&D, which highlight the top university recipients of research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences. COSSA’s website also features a rankings dashboard with an interactive map of recipients of social and behavioral science R&D funding so you can see how your university stacks up among U.S. institutions. More edits will come to the dashboard over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for new features.

Based on federally collected data, the COSSA rankings use an inclusive selection of fields representing the breadth of the social and behavioral sciences to calculate the total federal R&D funding received by universities in the social and behavioral sciences. The 2024 rankings reflect spending from fiscal year 2022, the most current available data. More information on how we produce our rankings is available on our website.


  1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI) – $105,089,000 (#1 in 2023)
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) – $90,106,000 (#2 in 2023)
  3. University of Southern California (CA) – $67,284,000 (#3 in 2023)
  4. University of Maryland (MD) – $48,084,000 (#4 in 2023)
  5. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN) – $46,646,000 (#5 in 2023)
  6. Pennsylvania State University, University Park and Hershey Medical Center (PA) – $46,413,000 (#6 in 2023)
  7. Harvard University (MA) – $40,928,000 (#7 in 2023)
  8. Arizona State University (AZ) – $35,874,000 (#8 in 2023)
  9. University of Georgia (GA) – $35,857,000 (#16 in 2023)
  10. New York University (NY) – $35,457,000 (#12 in 2023)


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