Scientific Research and Development in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Increased funding from all economic sectors, including the government, corporations and academia, is benefiting the Scientific Research and Development industry. While still overwhelmingly public, shifting funding sources have changed the type of research being performed. Historically, government money has been devoted mostly to basic research, meaning research without a specific goal. On the other hand, private and corporate money is often devoted to experimental and developmental research that builds upon an existing idea often developed by basic research. This type of R&D is far more financially viable, and companies are more inclined to invest in it. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Scientific Research and Development industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Shifting funding sources have made research more experimental than basic.

Increased funding from all economic sectors, including the government, corporations and academia, is benefiting the Scientific Research and Development industry. As a result, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to increase at an annualized rate of 4.1% during the five years to 2012 to total $118.4 billion, despite slower 1.4% growth in 2012. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Agata Kaczanowska, “The slower growth signals a dip in government spending in 2011, when federal stimulus money dried up.” Federal spending on scientific research grew at an annualized rate of 0.3% over the five years to 2012, with a 9.7% jump in 2010 when some stimulus spending was channeled to the industry. Federal funding is expected to contribute more than half of industry revenue in 2012.

While still overwhelmingly funded by public sources, a shift toward private funding has changed the focus of the industry's research. Historically, says Kaczanowska, government money has been devoted to basic research, or research without a specific goal. However, private and corporate money is often devoted to experimental and developmental research that builds upon an existing idea often already developed by basic research. This type of research and development (R&D) is far more financially viable, and companies are more inclined to invest in it. While there are no major players in the Scientific Research and Development industry with market shares greater than 5.0%, a number of firms are well known, such as Johns Hopkins University.

Despite relying heavily on government funding, a growing private interest in R&D is expected to translate into increasing investment in the near future. Indeed, commercial and nonprofit investment is expected to increase at rapid annualized rates over the five years to 2012. The industry will also benefit from the green movement currently sweeping across the United States. While legislation on emissions trading or initiatives may still be pending, the private sector has been moving toward green technology for some time. A significant slice of recent stimulus spending was targeted at environmentally friendly jobs, which accelerated this transition. Increasing investment into scientific R&D is forecast to expand industry revenue in the five years to 2017. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Scientific Research and Development in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry is involved in physical, engineering or life sciences research and development (R&D). This industry includes companies, individuals and organizations whose primary purpose is R&D and, therefore, excludes players such as pharmaceutical or manufacturing companies. Government entities are also excluded from this industry, although it does contract and fund research this industry undertakes.

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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