DATABASE: Follow the Money

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Science  19 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5738, pp. 1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5738.1161c

The U.S. government pumped more than $111 billion into research and development (R&D) in 2003 and an estimated $121 billion in 2004. Find out how much money each agency doles out, who gets it, and what they're spending it on at RaDiUS from the RAND Corp. Users previously had to pay to see the database, but RAND made it free earlier this year.

RaDiUS compiles all nonclassified federal R&D spending dating back to 1993. You can sift through more than 600,000 individual awards or organize them by agency, program, or project. At $59 billion, the Department of Defense was the largest funder in 2003, followed by the Department of Health and Human Services and NASA. Although access is free, you'll still have to apply for a “site license” and wait for a RAND employee to call with a username and password. Also note that the URL must include “https.”

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