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Investing In Science Is Investing In The Future
University-based research is changing the way we live.
It has led to more jobs, better health and an improved quality of life for millions of Americans.
University-based research is changing the way we work.
The new ideas that will create the industries and jobs of the future will come from investments our nation makes in research today. Twenty years ago, no one would have envisioned the robust biotech and other technology-based industries that are now a hallmark of American innovation.
University-based research is improving our quality of life.
Technologies developed through research at our nation’s universities are helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. Two examples of the many innovations that have come out of research at American universities are the MRI, which is a product of multiple advancements in university-based research, and digital mammography, which is grounded in electrical engineering and mathematics.
University-based research is helping to meet our nation’s greatest challenges.
Researchers at universities across our nation are pursuing solutions to our nation’s greatest challenges – from energy independence to homeland and international security. Studies on the interaction of light with atoms in physics and optical science, for example, along with other research that led to the development of the laser, are responsible for the creation of the field of nuclear fusion, whose potential in creating energy is not yet completely known.
University-based research is keeping America competitive.
The federally funded fundamental scientific research and training conducted at American universities will lay the groundwork for our economic competitiveness for decades to come.
University-based research is training America’s next generation of innovators.
The federal investment in basic science research provides a training ground for scientists, engineers, and mathematicians by sponsoring research programs at universities.