Scientific research and development (R&D) continue to be a vital importance in the United States even in times of fiscal chaos. The $265 billion that the U.S. spent on R&D was larger than the total expenditures of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and France in fiscal year 2000 (FY2000), the most recent year for which this type of data is available. This research creates the building blocks of future products and processes, which upon development often result in medical miracles and technological frontiers.
In addition to creating new knowledge, U.S. universities use their research activities to educate students who will become the next generation's scientists, teachers, and leaders in government and industry. This combination of education and cutting-edge research remains a unique feature of the U.S. university research system.. American universities have been successful in recruiting research pioneers domestically and abroad in the areas of health, environmental safety, design, communication tools, and technical innovation. No other nation draws so many students from abroad, or has been so successful in basic research.
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