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Collaborative Research Is Becoming More Popular, NSF Report Says

The National Science Foundation has urged universities that are concerned about securing federal research dollars in a time of increasing budget pressures to collaborate, and a new report from the agency concludes that such a collaborative approach has become more popular in the last decade. During the 2000 to 2009 fiscal years, the report says, the amount of research money that flowed through universities to partners for collaborative projects grew at a faster rate than overall academic research expenditures. After adjusting for inflation, the study found that total academic research expenditures grew by 47 percent, while money passed through universities to others more than doubled.

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