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basic research

[′bā·sik ri′sərch]
(science and technology)
Fundamental theoretical or experimental investigation to advance scientific knowledge, immediate practical application not being a direct objective. Also known as pure research.
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Whether measured in macroeconomic productivity gains or in the new drugs, computing power, or communications tools basic research made possible, the overall benefits of R&D over the past half century have been large.
This latter finding is of more than passing interest, as there is evidence to suggest that the returns to private investment in basic research may be significantly higher than those to other components of private R & D.
Some 55 percent of all basic research in this country is done by universities and colleges, according to NSF.
Conversely, qualified research includes both basic research expenditures and an amount for contract research; under Sec.
Our experiences with WNV emphasize the need to strengthen and integrate animal monitoring programs with basic research on population and disease ecology.
Why did the pressure that drove the President to accept research on those sixty cell lines not also push him to approve further research in this alternative source of stem cells, a source less useful perhaps for basic research, but more precisely tuned to the clinical uses he called upon to justify his authorization for continued research with those sixty lines?
The expanded Cray T3E system will be used to support the basic research activities of the AHPCRC and its partner academic institutions and also, through the Dept.
Beyond patent protection, they also benefit from generous funding of basic research.
Every major R&D funding agency received significant increases in basic research support.
The research on fibromyalgia supported by NIAMS covers a broad spectrum from basic research to behavioral interventions.
Basic research is very useful, but it should be more geared toward application than it was before.

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