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Infographics: Why University Research Matters

Without federally funded research, life as we know it today would be far different. Technologies many of us find basic to life in the 21st century – smartphones and tablets, GPS, MRI, countless medications and vaccines – are grounded in discoveries funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Departments of Energy and Defense, and NASA.

AAU has created a series of infographics that show how we are surrounded by the fruits of federally funded research. From the automobiles we drive to the iPad, from the medications we take for granted to the technologies that make our armed forces safer and stronger in the field, we show how federally funded research spurs economic growth, improves public health, and helps secure our nation.