This paper provides background information on research spending trends in the public and private sectors. It provides a context for the more specific concern about the adequacy of research funding in the area of transportation planning and administration. The paper is organized around four central topics: (1) an examination of overall research and development (R&D) spending trends; (2) a comparison of how funding for transportation R&D has fared over the last several decades; (3) an analysis of how transportation R&D levels compare with private industry; and (4) an explanation of the reasons for positive R&D spending trends in certain transportation sectors. An appendix contains charts illustrating the trends reported in the paper.

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    • This paper appears in Transportation Research Circular No. 355, Adequacy of Research Funding for Transportation Management and Administration Research. Page range: 6-9 and 18-34. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Humphrey, N
  • Publication Date: 1990-2

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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 21 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00496795
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1990 12:00AM