Administrators seek to deepen industry relationships to keep basic research afloat

By Debra Goodell

For over a decade, the steady decrease of basic research funding has increased research administrators' concerns over its welfare. This trend doesn't appear to be changing any time soon.

Industry leaders should also be concerned. The pursuit of innovation continues to be a top-of-mind issue for corporate R&D offices, but without basic research led by university-based researchers, new innovation would be quickly diminished.

Federal government grants have traditionally been the main funding artery to basic research. But as federal research funding has flatlined, administrators have scrambled to come up with other sources to fund their research enterprises. But where should they look to fill the funding gap?

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