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America’s research universities are essential to the matrix of innovation that is the foundation of the nation’s economic competitiveness and long-term economic growth. Without the basic research performed in university labs—much of it funded by the U.S. government—companies would be hard-pressed to develop the products and processes upon which the nation prospers.

Technologies that have become fundamental to everyday life in the U.S. and much of the world— such as the Internet and the World Wide Web, MRI’s, MP3 players, and Global Positioning Systems—are based on research conducted at this nation’s research universities with the support of the federal government.

AAU strongly supports the innovation and competitiveness agendas that have been advocated in recent years by the nation’s leaders. These agendas focus on enhancing the government’s support for basic research and strengthening the nation’s talent pool in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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