Inside Higher Ed reports that UCLA is among the top ten universities in research and development spending. It has been in that group for some time. Basically, the key determinants are having a med school and getting a lot of federal research funding.
The top ten are:
U of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
U of Wisconsin (Madison)
U of Washington (Seattle)
U of Pennsylvania
Data from http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2012/04/02/hopkins-again-leads-rd-spending. There is a link in this article to NSF data. When you click on the link to the article, go to Table 5.
It’s good to be among the tops: