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G. Place. Fundamental research, applied research and economic growth. In The role of fundamental research in paper-making, Trans. of the VIIth Fund. Res. Symp. Cambridge, 1981, (Fundamental Research Committee, ed.), pp 49–63, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


The author deals with the complex relationships which can, or should, exist between fundamental and applied research, and discusses the ways in which healthy relationships can contribute significantly to a Nation’s economic growth. The author concludes that the traditional classification of research as either fundamental or applied may interfere with the development of the healthy relationships required. He suggests an alternative model, based upon distinctions between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of the research activity.

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