About University Research
Research performed by the nation's colleges and universities is a relatively small but important part of the nation's overall research and development (R&D) effort. While universities perform just 14 percent of total national R&D, they perform 53 percent of the nation's basic research. (NSF 2009 data). Because there is broad consensus that university research is a long-term investment in the future, the federal government supports 59 percent of the research performed at universities. Along with creating new knowledge, U.S. universities use their research activities to educate students who will become the next generation's scientists, teachers, and leaders in government and industry.