Research and Development Funding, By the Numbers

Government and industry are the biggest funders of research, basic and otherwise. Here is how science funding in the US and European Union has shaped up in the past two and a half decades. 

Oct 1, 2011
Bob Grant

FUNDING DATA COURTESY OF PATRICK CLEMINS, DIRECTOR OF R&D BUDGET AND POLICY PROGRAM AT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

Government and industry are the biggest funders of research, basic and otherwise. Here is how science funding in the US and European Union has shaped up in the past two and a half decades.

Correction (November 3): The original version of the chart showing the sources of US R&D investment from 1983-2008 were incorrect in absolute scale. The mistake has been fixed, and The Scientist regrets the error.

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