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Federal Research and Development

Federal R&D Obligations Per Employed Worker

What does this mean?

Total value of federal research and development grants and contracts per worker, to allow for comparison across states.

Why does this matter?

Federal agencies support most of the basic research in the US, and the R&D performed at colleges and universities. Basic research is the primary source of new knowledge that ultimately drives the innovation process. Research at colleges and universities also helps educate the STEM workforce.

North Carolina Ranking
15 / 51

* Source: National Science Foundation

Region Comparison

Federal Research and Development

Federal Research and Development