In 2016, Texas-based federal agencies and laboratories received a federal R&D investment of $5.2 billion. They leveraged that investment via their technology transfer efforts to address societal needs, promote economic development and growth, and enhance U.S. competitiveness. From defense to life sciences to energy to agriculture, Texas-based federal agencies and labs are meeting the technology transfer mission envisioned by Congress.

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Federal Obligations for R&D in Texas, 2016 ($ thousands)
All agencies 5,282,387
Department of Agriculture 87,602
Department of Commerce 10,070
Department of Defense 1,920,354
Department of Energy 62,908
Department of Health and Human Services 1,026,456
Department of Homeland Security 13,850
Department of the Interior 22,227
Department of Transportation 17,115
Environmental Protection Agency 3,211
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 1,837,896
National Science Foundation 280,698

Source: NSF Science and Engineering Profiles


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2011 Robonaut2 Mid-Continent

NASA’s Dexterous Robotics Laboratory at Johnson Space Center (JSC) teamed with General Motors (GM) under a cooperative Space Act Agreement to design a humanoid robot for use in both the automotive and aerospace industries. The Robonaut2 (R2) is a state-of-the-art, highly dexterous robot that...
25th Air Force

25th Air Force

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency's headquarters is at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex.; although, the agency's 14,900 people serve at approximately 72 locations around the world. The agency's mission is to organize, train, equip, and present assigned forces and...
688th Cyberspace Wing

688th Cyberspace Wing (ACC)

The 688th Cyberspace Wing (688 CW) is located at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, and aligned under 24th Air Force, Air Combat Command. The wing is the Air Force's premier cyberspace warfighting organization comprised of more than 3,300 military and civilian members dedicated to...