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Why University Research Matters

Research conducted at America’s research universities carries a dual benefit. It creates the foundation for major advances in such areas as health and medicine, communications, food, economics, energy, and national security. And it helps educate students to be scientific leaders and innovators. The national investment in university research, in turn, has fueled U.S. economic growth and prosperity, and made the nation a beacon for the best and brightest from around the world. But this leadership is not guaranteed. Federal budget constraints have reduced funding for basic research, even as other nations ramp up their own spending, creating an innovation deficit. We must strengthen our investment in university research to maintain our scientific and technological leadership and our economic competitiveness.

This page features examples, statements, and information about the value of research performed at U.S. research universities, particularly at the 60 U.S. members of AAU.

--AAU Universities: Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures

--AAU Universities: Helping Safeguard the Connected World

--AAU Universities: Helping Solve the Fresh Water Puzzle

--Infographics: Why University Research Matters

--Stories of Discovery and Invention

--Reports, Statements, Speeches, and Articles

--AAU's Scientific Enquire

--The Golden Goose Award

--Futurity: Research News from Top Universities

--Economic Impacts of AAU Universities

--AAU Universities Fight Ebola