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Measuring the Results of Science Investments

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Science  11 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6018, pp. 678-680
DOI: 10.1126/science.1201865

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Historically, federally funded basic and applied scientific research has promoted scientific knowledge, innovation, economic growth, and social well-being. However, there is increasing pressure to document the results of these research investments in a scientific manner (1, 2) and to quantify how much of the work is linked to innovation (3).