Summary of 2020 data releaseOur fourth annual data release is now available on the virtual data enclave!

The dataset includes information on research spending, vendor contracts and employees from research institutions representing 41% of total U.S. university R&D spending. The IRIS dataset has been used by researchers in higher education, economics, sociology, and many other fields.

New features this year include:

  • An indicator for federally funded sponsored projects
  • Standardized names for non-profit foundations
  • Standardized sub-organization unit names
  • Expanded demographic variables
  • Linkage to federal award and UMETRICS data at both award and individual PI levels and
  • New linkage files focused on research teams.

For more on the data release, visit And for details on our research data generally, see