NSF study reveals slight research and development decline at federally funded centers

closeup image if a researcher's hand working with a sample in a petri dish A recent survey from the National Science Foundation (NSF) found that the nation's 39 federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) spent $17.4 billion on research and development (R&D) in fiscal year (FY) 2012. These data reveal a slight decline from the $17.8 billion spent in FY 2011.Between FY 2010 and 2012, one-time, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding boosted R&D expenditures ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130308&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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