“What does basic research mean?”

Funding News Edition: February 15, 2023
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Basic research is defined as “a systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind.”

In categorical budget analyses, NIH compares basic research spending to that of applied or translational research, as shown at Distribution of Budget Authority Percentages for Basic and Applied Research. Learn more about this topic on NIH’s Basic Research page.

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