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Basic research


The Need for Basic Research


Basic research vs. Applied Research


Basic vs applied research: Which has the most impact?


Basic research


Dr. Francesca Falk: Why do we need basic research?

Basic research, also called pure research or fundamental research, has the scientific research aim to improve scientific theories for improved understanding or prediction of natural or other phenomena. Applied research, in turn, uses scientific theories to develop technology or techniques to intervene and alter natural or other phenomena. Though often driven by curiosity, basic research fuels applied science's innovations. The two aims are often coordinated in research and development.
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